Taylorville, Illinois

City: Taylorville

County: Christian

State: Illinois

Lat/Long: 39.5333, -89.2833

Taylorville, Illinois is the county seat of Christian County. Located twenty-five miles southeast of Springfield, Taylorville originated out of a law enacted by the Illinois General Assembly in February 1839 establishing Christian (then called Dane) County. Legislators designated that commissioners locate a seat of government for the new county, and in May 1839, commissioners selected for that purpose decided on a site that would become Taylorville . Thomas M. Neale surveyed and platted the village, and local settlers named it in honor of John Taylor, one of the original proprietors.

An Act to Establish the Counties of Menard, Logan, and Dane; Webster's New Geographical Dictionary (Springfield, MA: Merriam-Webster, 1988), 1192; History of Christian County, Illinois (Philadelphia: Brink, McDonough, 1880), 52-53.