Carthage, Illinois

City: Carthage

County: Hancock

State: Illinois

Lat/Long: 40.4000, -91.1333

In 1833, the Illinois legislature appointed commissioners who selected a permanent site for Hancock County's seat, which they named it Carthage. It was the site of Mormon leader Joseph Smith's death in 1844.

Charles J. Scofield, ed., Historical Encyclopedia of Illinois and History of Hancock County (Chicago: Munsell, 1921), 2:679, 681-85, 1084.