Kappa, Illinois

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Kappa is a village in Woodford County, Illinois, United States. The population was 170 at the 2000 census. It is part of the Peoria, Illinois Metropolitan Statistical Area.

In 1833, Thomas Dixon became the first settler in the Kappa area. Over the next few years, other settlers moved in around the area, and eventually a railroad was built through the area. On May 23, 1853 rail service began, and postal service began. The first postmaster, William Jones, appointed the name Montrose, but the Illinois Central Railroad preferred Kappa. Kappa is the tenth letter in the Greek alphabet, and was applied to the town because it was the tenth town between Dunleith (modern-day East Dubuque, Illinois) and Bloomington.

Kappa sits on the north side of the Mackinaw River. Approximately five miles to the southeast is Lake Bloomington, while five miles to the southwest is Evergreen Lake.

Since its inception, the railroad line from East Dubuque to Bloomington has been decommissioned. In the early 1900s, SBI Route 2 was founded, and then changed to U.S. Highway 51. U.S. 51 now bypasses the town to the west, leaving Illinois Route 251 as the main north-south road through town.



Kappa is located at 40°40′35″N 89°0′34″W / 40.67639°N 89.00944°W / 40.67639; -89.00944 (40.676439, -89.009349).[1]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the village has a total area of 0.2 square miles (0.6 km²), all of it land.


As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 170 people, 63 households, and 48 families residing in the village. The population density was 747.1 people per square mile (285.4/km²). There were 67 housing units at an average density of 294.5/sq mi (112.5/km²). The racial makeup of the village was 97.06% White, 1.18% Native American, 1.76% from other races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.35% of the population.

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