Moultrie County, Illinois

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Moultrie County is a county located in the U.S. state of Illinois. As of 2000, the population was 14,287. Its county seat is Sullivan, Illinois[1]. The name is pronounced as in "mole tree", unlike the pronunciation of its namesake.

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Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 344 square miles (892 km²), of which 336 square miles (869 km²) is land and 9 square miles (23 km²) (2.57%) is water.

Major highways

Townships

Dora, East Nelson, Jonathan Creek, Lovington, Lowe, Marrowbone, Sullivan, Whitley

Adjacent counties

History

Moultrie County was formed in 1843 out of Shelby and Coles Counties. It is named for South Carolina General, and later Governor, William Moultrie. General Moultrie defended Sullivan's Island, South Carolina from British attack in 1776. The site was later renamed Fort Moultrie. Nearby Jasper County was named for Sgt. William Jasper, another hero of the defense of Sullivan's Island.

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