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Discover Oglesby

August 19, 2008 by City Clerk  
Filed under Feature - Discover Oglesby

As Oglesby enters the new millennium, the City is well positioned for expansion and growth.  Under the capable leadership of Mayors Kamnikar, Pittman, Cullinan, and Scott, and their respective city commissioners, the geographical size of the city has doubled during the last twenty five years.  The city limits now extend west across Route 251 and include Illinois Valley Community College and Cedar Creek Subdivision and south to include the Lone Star property, formerly Marquette Cement Company.  Each of these City Councils has made significant contributions to the reshaping of the City in the last quarter century.

Rightfully called “The Shortcut to Starved Rock” and “The Closest City to Starved Rock”, Oglesby enjoys a strategic position in the Illinois Valley to take advantage of the tourist trade that Starved Rock generates.  Oglesby is conveniently “stuck” between the proverbial “Rock” and the “Hard Place” (the concrete surface of  I-39). This prime location will bring people to the area looking for places to stay and eat.

The population of Oglesby is approximately 3619.
The approximate number of families is 1591.
The amount of land area in Oglesby is 9.127 sq. kilometers.
The amount of surface water is 0 sq kilometers.
The distance from Oglesby to Washington DC is 681 miles. The distance to the Illinois state capital is 109 miles.
Oglesby is positioned 41.29 degrees north of the equator and 89.06 degrees west of the prime meridian.

Shown to the left: Governor Richard Oglesby, for whom the City of Oglesby was named (1824-1899) was a Union general in the American Civil War and an Illinois political leader. His birthplace was Oldham Co., Kentucky.

He moved to Decatur, Illinois where he became a lawyer. Oglesby fought in the Mexican War and went to California in the gold rush, but in 1851 he resumed his practice in Decatur. In the Civil War he rose to be a major general of volunteers.

He fought under Ulysses S. Grant at Belmont and Fort Donelson and was severely wounded at Corinth (1862). Resigning his commission in 1864, he served as governor of Illinois (1865-69, 1873), U.S. Senator (1873-79), and again governor (1885-89).

For more information about what is going on in Oglesby now see the Calendar of Events.

For more details surrounding the history of Oglesby visit our History page.