Category Archives: Place Names of Illinois

Bug Tussle. Franklin. According to a local story, the community was named when a revival meeting attracted more june bugs than attendees, and the congregation spent most of the evening “tussling with the bugs.” Bug Tussell Church (also known as … Continue reading

Elizabeth. Jo Daviess. Village (1887) Twelve miles east-southeast of Galena. According to an Illinois state historical marker, in June 1832, at the height of the Black Hawk War, a group of Sauk warriors threatened Apple River Fort. With many of … Continue reading

Bone Gap. Edwards. Village (1891) six miles northwest of Albion. Reportedly named for the large number of animal bones found by settlers in the 1830s (Harper, ed., History of Edwards County, 46). Post office established March 11, 1868. ***** From … Continue reading

We just received finished copies of Edward Callary’s new book Place Names of Illinois.  The publication date is November 3, 2008, and every weekday leading up to publication I will post one of the nearly 3,000 entries from this vital regional reference. … Continue reading