Illinois Place Name of the Day – Oct. 23, 2008

Coffee. Wabash. Precinct. Also Coffee Island and Coffee Creek. The traditional story is that a keelboat loaded with coffee was proceeding up the Wabash River and took shelter for the night at the mouth of what is now Coffee Creek, about seven miles below Mount Carmel. In the morning, the boat was found capsized,
and the cargo of coffee was lost (Bateman and Selby, eds., Illinois Historical Wabash County Biographical, 644).


From Place Names of Illinois by Edward Callary

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