New Bedford, Illinois

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New Bedford is a village in Bureau County, Illinois, United States. The population was 95 at the 2000 census. It is part of the OttawaStreator Micropolitan Statistical Area.


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History

In October 1836, Henry Thomas of West Bureau Township registered land at the narrows (now New Bedford) and for a number of years it was the only registered tract in that section of the county. In the spring of 1837, Cyrus Watson, the first settler on Green river, built a cabin on Thomas' land, believing it to be vacant. About this time a state road was laid from Princeton to Prophetstown on the Rock River, crossing the Green River at this point. Henry Thomas built a ferry boat, and for a number of years it was known as Thomas' Ferry.[1]

Main St. New Bedford, IL. Circa 1910, Pic.1

Main St. New Bedford, IL. Circa 1910, Pic.2

Green River bridge. Circa 1910, Pic.3

Green River bridge. Circa 1910, Pic.4

Spratt's Department store. Circa 1910, Pic.5

F.Janderson Department store. Circa 1910, Pic.6

Pic.1: Looking Northward from West side of Main Street.
Pic.2: Looking Northward from East side of Main Street.
Pic.3: Looking Northward across the Green River bridge. This section of the river is now called the Old Channel.
Pic.4: Looking Southward across the Green River bridge. Large house on right belonged to the Bollman family.
Pic.5: Spratt Department store on East side of Main street. The cement step still remains, located across the street from the Post Office.
Pic.6: F. Janderson Department store on West side of Main street.

Geography

New Bedford is located at 41°30′47″N 89°43′09″W / 41.51306°N 89.71917°W / 41.51306; -89.71917[2].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the village has a total area of 0.2 square miles (0.4 km²), all of it land.

Demographics

As of the census[3] of 2000, there were 95 people, 39 households, and 29 families residing in the village. The population density was 543.9 people per square mile (215.8/km²). There were 42 housing units at an average density of 240.5/sq mi (95.4/km²). The racial makeup of the village was 95.79% White, 1.05% Asian, 3.16% from other races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 3.16% of the population.

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