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Country United States
State Illinois
County Fulton
Coordinates 40°23′47″N 90°9′17″W / 40.39639°N 90.15472°W / 40.39639; -90.15472Coordinates: 40°23′47″N 90°9′17″W / 40.39639°N 90.15472°W / 40.39639; -90.15472
Area 2.00 sq mi (5 km2)
 - land 2.00 sq mi (5 km2)
 - water 0.00 sq mi (0 km2)
Population 2,522 (2000)
Density 1,372.2 / sq mi (530 / km2)
Timezone CST (UTC-6)
 - summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
Postal code 61542
Area code 309
Location of Lewistown within Illinois
Location of Lewistown within Illinois
Wikimedia Commons: Lewistown, Illinois

Lewistown is a city in Fulton County, Illinois, United States. It was named by its founder, Ossian M. Ross, for his oldest son, Lewis W. Ross.[1] The population was 2,522 at the 2000 census. It is the county seat of Fulton County.[2] Located in central Illinois, it is southwest of Peoria. It is the source of Spoon River Anthology by Edgar Lee Masters, who lived there. Native American burial mounds are nearby at Dickson Mounds on Illinois Route 97.


Lewistown is located at 40°23′47″N 90°9′17″W / 40.39639°N 90.15472°W / 40.39639; -90.15472 (40.396254, -90.154609).[3]

According to the 2010 census, the city has a total area of 2.00 square miles (5.2 km2), all land.[4]

Tourist attractions[edit]

Oak Hill Cemetery is located in Lewistown. This cemetery was made famous by Edgar Lee Masters in his book titled Spoon River Anthology.

The Emiquon National Wildlife Refuge is located on the Illinois River just on the outskirts of Lewistown. It is one of the largest floodplain restoration projects in the United States outside the Florida Everglades.

Dickson Mounds Museum is an archaeological museum dedicated to American Indian artifacts. It is one of the major archaeological museums in the United States.

Rasmussen Blacksmith Shop Museum is located on Main Street of Lewistown. It is one of the few blacksmith shops left in the United States. It has been run by the Rasmussen family since 1880.

The Spoon River Valley Scenic Drive is a huge tourist attraction as well. Once a year in the fall, Lewistown as well as the rest of Fulton County hold a scenic drive. It includes a plethora of shops and stands that sell a variety of products.


As of the census[5] of 2000, there were 2,522 people, 1,092 households, and 661 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,372.2 people per square mile (529.2/km²). There were 1,182 housing units at an average density of 643.1 per square mile (248.0/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 98.93% White, 0.08% African American, 0.20% Native American, 0.04% Asian, 0.08% Pacific Islander, 0.20% from other races, and 0.48% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.07% of the population.

There were 1,092 households out of which 25.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 48.4% were married couples living together, 9.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 39.4% were non-families. 36.5% of all households were made up of individuals and 21.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.23 and the average family size was 2.89.

In the city the population was spread out with 21.6% under the age of 18, 7.3% from 18 to 24, 26.2% from 25 to 44, 20.9% from 45 to 64, and 24.1% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 41 years. For every 100 females there were 88.5 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 83.9 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $30,943, and the median income for a family was $40,431. Males had a median income of $31,979 versus $19,569 for females. The per capita income for the city was $15,620. About 4.8% of families and 7.1% of the population were below the poverty line, including 5.9% of those under age 18 and 8.7% of those age 65 or over.


  1. ^ Chas. C. Chapman & Co. 1879. History of Fulton county, Illinois. Peoria: C.C. Chapman & Co.
  2. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2011-06-07. 
  3. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
  4. ^ "2010 Census U.S. Gazetteer Files for Places – Illinois". United States Census. Retrieved 2012-10-13. 
  5. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 

External links[edit]

  • Emiquon - A 7,000 acres (30 km2) wetland restoration neighboring Lewistown

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Canton Daily Ledger
Tue, 24 Mar 2015 07:15:00 -0700

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Western Courier (subscription)
Fri, 23 Jan 2015 13:33:45 -0800

Lewistown, Illinois is a small town in the middle of a cornfield with one stoplight and a population of 2,318. From the outside, Lewistown can be viewed as an agriculture-based community with not much to offer besides farming, the Fulton County Jail ...

The Southern

The Southern
Tue, 17 Mar 2015 04:05:08 -0700

Hometown: Lewistown, Illinois. Years in Southern Illinois: 42. Profession: Owner of Henry Printing in Carbondale. Education: Bachelor's degree in engineering from SIU in 1972. Criminal record: None. Leadership Experience: No elected office; Served on ...
Canton Daily Ledger
Wed, 04 Mar 2015 07:33:45 -0800

You would think that after last year a certain writer for the Daily Ledger would have learned his lesson.After finding out that students at Lewistown High School, the writer's alma mater, didn't know a lot about Edgar Lee Masters and had some very ...

Maine Public Broadcasting

Maine Public Broadcasting
Tue, 18 Nov 2014 01:17:52 -0800

ARNOLD: Nugent lives with Chad Hopkins in their house in Lewistown, Illinois. He's a roofing contractor. She's a nurse. And the couple says they've always paid their mortgage at least until things went haywire back in 2011. They bought the house in ...
Peoria Journal Star
Fri, 19 Dec 2014 11:54:16 -0800

LEWISTOWN — Dickson Mounds Museum is hosting a Wildlife Art and Poetry contest in February 2015 for students in first through 12th grade, who are educated in Fulton and Mason Counties, as part of the 15th Annual Eagle Day Festival. The art and poetry ...
Canton Daily Ledger
Tue, 10 Mar 2015 08:11:15 -0700

The Canton High School Varsity Scholastic Bowl team placed first in the Fulton County Tournament, which was held Monday, March 2, at Lewistown High School. email · print. Comment. Canton Daily Ledger - Canton, IL. Writer. Posted Mar. 10, 2015 at 9:43 ...
Canton Daily Ledger
Sat, 15 Nov 2014 10:27:50 -0800

Behind the scenes at Dickson Mounds Museum, employees are embarking on research that could potentially allow a new, unique view into the lives of Native Americans. email · print. Comment. Hannah Schrodt Daily Ledger reporter. Canton Daily Ledger ...

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