Wabash County, Illinois

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Wabash County is a county located in the U.S. state of Illinois. As of 2000, the population was 12,937. Its county seat is Mount Carmel[1].

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Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 228 square miles (590 km²), of which 223 square miles (579 km²) is land and 4 square miles (11 km²) (1.88%) is water.

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Adjacent Counties

History

Wabash County was formed in 1824 out of Edwards County, after an armed confrontation between the militias of Albion and Mt. Carmel after the county seat was moved from a town near the current city of Mount Carmel to Albion.

The County is named for the Wabash River, which forms its eastern and southern borders. The name "Wabash" is an English spelling of the French name for the river, "Ouabache." French traders named the river after the Miami Indian word for the river, "Wabashike," (Prounounced "Wah-bah-she-keh"), the word for "pure white." Much of the river bottom is white limestone, now obscured by mud.

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