CLARK COUNTY, IL-(Effingham Radio)- The Clark County Development Organization along with the Clark County Board will officially kick off the Clark County’s 200th birthday on January 1, 2019, with events planned all year long.
Clark County was formed in 1819 out of Crawford County.
At the time of its formation, Clark County included about a third of Illinois, and extended as far north as the present state of Wisconsin.
Edgar County was created from the northern part of Clark County on January 3, 1823.
The creation of Coles County occupied additional land from western Clark County, effective December 25, 1830.
The boundaries of Clark County have been unchanged since.
Clark County was named for George Rogers Clark (older brother of William Clark of the Lewis and Clark Expedition), an officer of the army of Virginia that captured the Northwest Territory from the British during the Revolutionary War.
A large group of citizens have been meeting to plan many events to commemorate this milestone.
Some events in January and February include:
- January 19, 2019- Trivia Night in Casey with a nod toward Clark County History and Casey. Place TBD
- February 7, 2019- Marshall Area Chamber of Commerce Annual Dinner. “Cheers to 200 Years” @ Harlan Hall
To get involved, contact any of the Chambers of Commerce in Clark County. make some time in 2019 to help celebrate Clark County’s 200th birthday!