Founded in 1865, Carlinville is located 60 miles north of St. Louis, Missouri and 45 miles south of Springfield, Illinois. With a population of almost 6,000, Carlinville offers an array of big-city conveniences while celebrating its small-town charm.
Carlinville has a long, political history, including its notable silver-domed courthouse, built in 1870 and designed by famed architect Elijah E. Myers. Carlinville is also a site of one of the famous Lincoln-Dougless debates, the location of which is marked by a plaque on East First South Street.
In the early 1900s, Carlinville became the site of a large number of Sears Catalog homes. The Standard Addition neighborhood was funded by Standard Oil of Indiana to house local miners. Today 152 of the original 156 homes still exist. The Standard Addition neighborhood is located adjacent to the Blackburn College Campus.
Carlinville boasts numerous notable residents, including entomologist Charles Roberston, who taught at Blackburn from 1880 to 1909; author Mary Hunter Austin, an 1888 graduate of Blackburn; John M. Palmer, Illinois governor from 1869-1873; Vince Demuzio, Illinois senator from 1975 – 2004; and Charles Taylor, founder of Taylor’s Chili.
Carlinville is also home to a number of corporate headquarters, including Prairie Farms Dairy, Karmak, Inc., and several others.
For more information on Carlinville, visit the City of Carlinville.