Griggsville, Illinois

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Downtown Griggsville
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Location of Griggsville in Pike County, Illinois.
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Location of Illinois in the United States
Coordinates: 39°42′32″N90°43′28″W / 39.70889°N 90.72444°W / 39.70889; -90.72444 Coordinates: 39°42′32″N90°43′28″W / 39.70889°N 90.72444°W / 39.70889; -90.72444 [1]
CountryUnited States
StateIllinois
County Pike
Area
[2]
  Total1.11 sq mi (2.86 km2)
  Land1.11 sq mi (2.86 km2)
  Water0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
Elevation
[1]
705 ft (215 m)
Population
 (2020)
  Total1,097
  Density991.86/sq mi (383.09/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (CST)
  Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP Code(s)
62340
FIPS code 17-31771
Wikimedia CommonsGriggsville, Illinois
Website http://www.griggsville-il.org/

Griggsville is a city in Pike County, Illinois, United States. The population was 1,226 at the 2010 census.

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History

Griggsville was named for its founder, Richard Griggs. [3]

Geography

The community is in northeast Pike County approximately four miles west of the Illinois River. Pittsfield lies about seven miles to the southwest along Illinois Route 107. [4]

According to the 2010 census, Griggsville has a total area of 1.08 square miles (2.80 km2), all land. [5]

Demographics

Historical population
CensusPop.
1850 585
1870 1,456
1880 1,5154.1%
1890 1,400−7.6%
1900 1,4040.3%
1910 1,262−10.1%
1920 1,3436.4%
1930 1,184−11.8%
1940 1,2666.9%
1950 1,199−5.3%
1960 1,2403.4%
1970 1,2450.4%
1980 1,3014.5%
1990 1,218−6.4%
2000 1,2583.3%
2010 1,226−2.5%
2020 1,097−10.5%
U.S. Decennial Census [6]

As of the census [7] of 2000, there were 1,258 people, 500 households, and 360 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,215.0 inhabitants per square mile (469.1/km2). There were 548 housing units at an average density of 529.3 per square mile (204.4/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 99.21% White, 0.16% African American, 0.08% Asian, 0.24% from other races, and 0.32% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.24% of the population.

There were 500 households, out of which 36.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 58.2% were married couples living together, 10.2% had a female householder with no husband present, and 27.8% were non-families. 24.2% of all households were made up of individuals, and 12.0% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.49 and the average family size was 2.92.

In the city, the population was spread out, with 27.9% under the age of 18, 6.6% from 18 to 24, 26.9% from 25 to 44, 22.1% from 45 to 64, and 16.5% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females, there were 92.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 88.2 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $31,875, and the median income for a family was $36,071. Males had a median income of $27,454 versus $18,182 for females. The per capita income for the city was $14,578. About 10.2% of families and 12.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 15.3% of those under age 18 and 10.8% of those age 65 or over.

Events

Griggsville hosts an Apple Festival on the third weekend of each September, along with the Western Illinois Fair, traditionally held during the third week of June. The Western Illinois Fair, in its 120th year, is one of the oldest fairs in the state of Illinois. [8] [ citation needed ]

Purple martins

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Purple martin houses

Griggsville is located between the Mississippi River and the Illinois River and the hot muggy summers are the perfect habitat for mosquitoes. Amid growing concern over the use of pesticides to control mosquitoes, the town came up with an alternate abatement method. J.L. Wade, a Griggsville resident and owner of a local antenna manufacturing factory realized that Griggsville was right in the migration path of the purple martin, the largest bird in the swallow family, supposedly able to eat 2,000 mosquitoes in a single day. [9] J.L. Wade quickly realized that to get the purple martins to stay, he simply needed to give them a reason to stay, so he converted his antenna factory into a bird house building factory. The mosquito population dwindled, which lead the town to adopt the nickname "The Purple Martin Capital of the Nation", as well as labeling the purple martin "America's Most Wanted Bird." Additionally, Wade's purple martin business, formerly Trio Manufacturing, published a newsletter called The Nature Society News. The purple martin factory has been recently sold to a Chicago businessman. Griggsville has installed over 5,000 birdhouses along the city streets, including a 562-apartment high rise, reaching a height of 70 ft.

Notable people

Points of interest

See also

Sources

  1. 1 2 U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Griggsville, Illinois
  2. "2020 U.S. Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved March 15, 2022.
  3. Gannett, Henry (1905). The Origin of Certain Place Names in the United States. Govt. Print. Off. p. 145.
  4. Griggville, IL, 7.5 minute Topographic Quadrangle, USGS, 1998 (2001 rev.)
  5. "G001 - Geographic Identifiers - 2010 Census Summary File 1". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on 2020-02-13. Retrieved 2015-12-27.
  6. "Census of Population and Housing". Census.gov. Retrieved June 4, 2015.
  7. "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau . Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  8. "Western Illinois Fair - About Us". westernillinoisfair.com. Archived from the original on 6 March 2018. Retrieved 2018-03-06.
  9. The Nature Society

Stead, George A. "Prologue to the Genealogy of the Steads" [transcribed by JN Mahon - 1999] "Griggsville--Boom, Town on the Frontier" retrieved from archives at the Skinner House in Griggsville, IL. November 29, 2007

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