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Encyclopedia > Freeport, Illinois
City of Freeport (Winneshiek[1])
City
The Civil War era Soldiers' Monument and the Stephenson County Courthouse in Freeport
The Civil War era Soldiers' Monument and the Stephenson County Courthouse in Freeport
Nickname : Pretzel City, USA
Country United States
State Illinois
County Stephenson
Area 11.4 mi² (29.5 km²)
 - land 11.4 mi² (29.5 km²)
 - water 0.7 mi² (1.8 km²), 6.14%
Center
 - coordinates 42°17′31″N 89°37′49″W / 42.29194, -89.63028Coordinates: 42°17′31″N 89°37′49″W / 42.29194, -89.63028
 - elevation 778 ft (237.1 m)
Population 26,443 (2000)
Density 2,316.9 /mi² (894.6 /km²)
Mayor George W. Gaulrapp
Time zone CST (UTC-6)
 - summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
Location of Freeport within Illinois
Location of Illinois in the United States
Website : http://www.ci.freeport.il.us/

Freeport is a city in Stephenson County, Illinois, United States. The population was 26,443 at the 2000 census. It is the county seat of Stephenson CountyGR6. The mayor of Freeport is George W. Gaulrapp who was elected in 2005. List of cities in Illinois, arranged in alphabetical order. ... Image File history File links Metadata Size of this preview: 450 × 600 pixelsFull resolution (1536 × 2048 pixel, file size: 299 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) File historyClick on a date/time to view the file as it appeared at that time. ... Official language(s) English[1] Capital Springfield Largest city Chicago Largest metro area Chicago Metropolitan Area Area  Ranked 25th  - Total 57,918 sq mi (149,998 km²)  - Width 210 miles (340 km)  - Length 390 miles (629 km)  - % water 4. ... Stephenson County is a county located in the state of Illinois. ... A square mile is an English unit of area equal to that of a square with sides each 1 statute mile (≈1,609 m) in length. ... Square kilometre (U.S. spelling: square kilometer), symbol km², is a decimal multiple of SI unit of surface area square metre, one of the SI derived units. ... A square mile is an English unit of area equal to that of a square with sides each 1 statute mile (≈1,609 m) in length. ... Square kilometre (U.S. spelling: square kilometer), symbol km², is a decimal multiple of SI unit of surface area square metre, one of the SI derived units. ... A square mile is an English unit of area equal to that of a square with sides each 1 statute mile (≈1,609 m) in length. ... Square kilometre (U.S. spelling: square kilometer), symbol km², is a decimal multiple of SI unit of surface area square metre, one of the SI derived units. ... Map of Earth showing lines of latitude (horizontally) and longitude (vertically), Eckert VI projection; large version (pdf, 1. ... A foot (plural: feet or foot;[1] symbol or abbreviation: ft or, sometimes, ′ – a prime) is a unit of length, in a number of different systems, including English units, Imperial units, and United States customary units. ... ‹ The template below (Unit of length) is being considered for deletion. ... A square mile is an English unit of area equal to that of a square with sides each 1 statute mile (≈1,609 m) in length. ... Square kilometre (U.S. spelling: square kilometer), symbol km², is a decimal multiple of SI unit of surface area square metre, one of the SI derived units. ...  CST or UTC-6 The Central Time Zone observes standard time by subtracting six hours from UTC during standard time (UTC-6) and five hours during daylight saving time (UTC-5). ... −12 | −11 | −10 | −9:30 | −9 | −8 | −7 | −6 | −5 | −4 | −3:30 | −3 | −2:30 | −2 | −1 | −0:25 | UTC (0) | +0:20 | +0:30 | +1 | +2 | +3 | +3:30 | +4 | +4:30 | +4:51 | +5 | +5:30 | +5:40 | +5:45 | +6 | +6:30 | +7 | +7:20 | +7...  CST or UTC-6 The Central Time Zone observes standard time by subtracting six hours from UTC during standard time (UTC-6) and five hours during daylight saving time (UTC-5). ... -12 | -11 | -10 | -9:30 | -9 | -8 | -7 | -6 | -5 | -4 | -3:30 | -3 | -2:30 | -2 | -1 | -0:25 | UTC (0) | +0:20 | +0:30 | +1 | +2 | +3 | +3:30 | +4 | +4:30 | +4:51 | +5 | +5:30 | +5:40 | +5:45 | +6 | +6:30 | +7 | +7:20 | +7... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File links Map_of_USA_IL.svg‎ File links The following pages on the English Wikipedia link to this file (pages on other projects are not listed): Illinois ... Stephenson County is a county located in the state of Illinois. ... Official language(s) English[1] Capital Springfield Largest city Chicago Largest metro area Chicago Metropolitan Area Area  Ranked 25th  - Total 57,918 sq mi (149,998 km²)  - Width 210 miles (340 km)  - Length 390 miles (629 km)  - % water 4. ... 2000 US Census logo The Twenty-Second United States Census, known as Census 2000 and conducted by the Census Bureau, determined the resident population of the United States on April 1, 2000, to be 281,421,906, an increase of 13. ... A county seat is a term for an administrative center for a county, primarily used in the United States. ... Stephenson County is a county located in the state of Illinois. ...

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Geography

Freeport is located at 42°17′31″N, 89°37′49″W (42.292003, -89.630377)GR1. It is located approximately 20 miles south of the Wisconsin Border, and at the center of a large agricultural area, located about 25 miles west of Rockford. Highway 20. U.S. 20 is a four-lane divided highway that skirts the community's northern edge. At Rockford, it links with Interstate 90 and 39, giving Freeport residents easy access to the entire Interstate system. I-90 is the major route between Chicago and Minneapolis-St. Paul. I-39 extends from Rockford to Bloomington where it links with I-74 and I-55. From Freeport, Route 20 continues west to historic Galena, Illinois, and the metropolitan area of Dubuque, Iowa. Nickname: Motto: Urbs in Horto (Latin: City in a Garden), I Will Location in the Chicago metro area and Illinois Coordinates: , Country State Counties Cook, DuPage Settled 1770s Incorporated March 4, 1837 Government  - Mayor Richard M. Daley (D) Area  - City  234. ... A map of the Twin Cities metropolitan area. ... Coordinates: Country United States State Illinois Counties Jo Daviess Mayor Tom F. Brusch Area    - City 9. ... Nickname: Location in the State of Iowa Coordinates: , Country United States State Iowa County Dubuque Incorporated 1833 Government  - Type Council-Manager  - Mayor Roy D. Buol  - City manager Michael C. Van Milligen Area  - City 71. ...


According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 29.6 km² (11.4 mi²). 29.6 km² (11.4 mi²) of it is land and 0.09% is water. The United States Census Bureau (officially Bureau of the Census as defined in Title ) is a part of the United States Department of Commerce. ... A square metre (US spelling: square meter) is by definition the area enclosed by a square with sides each 1 metre long. ... A square mile is an English unit of area equal to that of a square with sides each 1 statute mile (≈1,609 m) in length. ...


The courthouse of Stephenson County is located in this city. The area code for Freeport is 815 with an overlay area code of 779 to take place March 17, 2007. A telephone numbering plan is a system that allows subscribers to make and receive telephone calls across long distances. ...


History

Lincoln-Douglas debates monument, near downtown Freeport.
Lincoln-Douglas debates monument, near downtown Freeport.

Originally called Winneshiek, the municipality when it was incorporated took its name from the generosity of Tutty Baker, who was credited with running a "Free Port" on the Pecatonica River. The name 'Winneshiek' was later adopted, and is preserved to this day, by the Freeport Community Theatre Group. Image File history File linksMetadata Download high resolution version (1024x768, 328 KB) Summary Photographed by me, Jake Mackenzie, with a FujiFilm FinePix A360 digital camera. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Download high resolution version (1024x768, 328 KB) Summary Photographed by me, Jake Mackenzie, with a FujiFilm FinePix A360 digital camera. ... William Tutty Baker, credited as the founder of Freeport, Illinois, built a trading post on the banks of the Pecatonica River. ... The Pecatonica River is a tributary of the Rock River, approxiamtely 120 mi (193 km) long, in southern Wisconsin and northern Illinois in the United States. ...


In 1837, Stephenson County was formed and in 1838, Freeport became its seat of government. Linked by a stagecoach with Chicago, the community grew rapidly. In 1840, a frame courthouse was erected and the first school was founded. Within two years, Freeport had two newspapers and in 1853, the two were joined by a third which published in German. By then, the community had a population of 2,000. Nickname: Motto: Urbs in Horto (Latin: City in a Garden), I Will Location in the Chicago metro area and Illinois Coordinates: , Country State Counties Cook, DuPage Settled 1770s Incorporated March 4, 1837 Government  - Mayor Richard M. Daley (D) Area  - City  234. ...


On August 27, 1858, the second debate between Abraham Lincoln and Stephen A. Douglas took place in Freeport and gave the nation direction in the following years. Although Stephen Douglas won the election and retained his U.S. Senate seat, his reply to a question on slavery alienated the South, which called it the "Freeport Heresy," and split the Democratic Party. This enabled Abraham Lincoln to win the Presidency in 1860. The Lincoln-Douglas debates of 1858 were a series of seven debates between Abraham Lincoln and Stephen A. Douglas for an Illinois seat in the United States Senate. ... For other uses, see Abraham Lincoln (disambiguation). ... Stephen Arnold Douglas (nicknamed the Little Giant because he was short but was considered by many a giant in politics) was an American politician from the western state of Illinois, and was the Democratic Party nominee for President in 1860. ... The United States Senate is the upper house of the U.S. Congress, smaller than the United States House of Representatives. ... The Freeport Doctrine was articulated by Stephen A. Douglas at the second of the Lincoln-Douglas debates on August 27, 1858, in Freeport, Illinois. ... Federal courts Supreme Court Circuit Courts of Appeal District Courts Elections Presidential elections Midterm elections Political Parties Democratic Republican Third parties State & Local government Governors Legislatures (List) State Courts Local Government Other countries Atlas  Politics Portal      Further information: Politics of the United States#Organization of American political parties The Democratic...

Buildings in downtown Freeport, Illinois.
Buildings in downtown Freeport, Illinois.

A monument to the debate was dedicated in 1903 by President Theodore Roosevelt and stands at this site. A life size statue recreating the event was dedicated in 1992. Another renowned statue, "Lincoln the Debator." by Leonard Crunelle, is a focal point in the city's Taylor Park. Each year there is also a reenactment of the debate, which has been shown on CSPAN television. Image File history File links Metadata Size of this preview: 800 × 600 pixelsFull resolution (2048 × 1536 pixel, file size: 362 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) File historyClick on a date/time to view the file as it appeared at that time. ... Image File history File links Metadata Size of this preview: 800 × 600 pixelsFull resolution (2048 × 1536 pixel, file size: 362 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) File historyClick on a date/time to view the file as it appeared at that time. ... Theodore Roosevelt, Jr. ...


Freeport is known as the Pretzel City, and its high school's teams are named the Pretzels. The nickname is a reminder of Freeport's ethnic heritage; in the late 1850s, many Germans, both from Pennsylvania and from their European homeland, resettled in Stephenson County. They brought with them their love of pretzel snacks, and a pretzel bakery started up. This article is about the baked snack. ...


Freeport is home to the oldest Carnegie Library in Illinois and one of the first Carnegie Libraries designed by the famous Chicago architectural firm of Patton and Miller. Nickname: Motto: Urbs in Horto (Latin: City in a Garden), I Will Location in the Chicago metro area and Illinois Coordinates: , Country State Counties Cook, DuPage Settled 1770s Incorporated March 4, 1837 Government  - Mayor Richard M. Daley (D) Area  - City  234. ...


Geography

Freeport is located at 42°17'31" North, 89°37'49" West (42.292003, -89.630377)GR1.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 29.6 km² (11.4 mi²). 29.6 km² (11.4 mi²) of it is land and 0.09% is water. The United States Census Bureau (officially Bureau of the Census as defined in Title ) is a part of the United States Department of Commerce. ... Square kilometre (US spelling: Square kilometer), symbol km², is an SI unit of surface area. ... A square mile is an English unit of area equal to that of a square with sides each 1 statute mile (≈1,609 m) in length. ...


Demographics

Historical populations
Census Pop.  %±
1890 10,189
1900 13,258 30.1%
1910 17,587 32.7%
1920 19,669 11.8%
1930 22,045 12.1%
1940 22,368 1.5%
1950 22,467 0.4%
1960 26,628 18.5%
1970 27,736 4.2%
1980 26,266 -5.3%
1990 25,840 -1.6%
2000 26,443 2.3%
Census Quickfacts [1]

As of the censusGR2 of 2000, there were 26,443 people, 11,222 households, and 6,845 families residing in the city. The population density was 894.8/km² (2,316.9/mi²). There were 12,471 housing units at an average density of 422.0/km² (1,092.7/mi²). The racial makeup of the city was 81.77% White, 13.81% African American, 0.19% Native American, 0.97% Asian, 0.04% Pacific Islander, 1.00% from other races, and 2.22% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.12% of the population. The Eleventh United States Census was taken June 1, 1890. ... 1900 US Census The Twelfth United States Census, conducted by the Census Bureau, determined the resident population of the United States to be 76,212,168, an increase of 21. ... The Thirteenth United States Census was taken in 1910. ... The Fourteenth United States Census was taken in 1920. ... The Fifteenth United States Census was taken in 1930. ... The Sixteenth United States Census, conducted by the Census Bureau, determined the resident population of the United States to be 132,164,569, an increase of 7. ... The Seventeenth United States Census was taken in 1950. ... The Eighteenth United States Census was taken in 1960. ... The Nineteenth United States Census was taken in 1970. ... The Twetieth United States Census, conducted by the Census Bureau, determined the resident population of the United States to be 226,542,199, an increase of 11. ... The Twenty-first United States Census, conducted by the Census Bureau, determined the resident population of the United States to be 248,709,873, an increase of 9. ... 2000 US Census logo The Twenty-Second United States Census, known as Census 2000 and conducted by the Census Bureau, determined the resident population of the United States on April 1, 2000, to be 281,421,906, an increase of 13. ... Image:1870 census Lindauer Weber 01. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... It has been suggested that Ethnicity (United States Census) be merged into this article or section. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ...


There were 11,222 households out of which 28.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 45.1% were married couples living together, 12.6% had a female householder with no husband present, and 39.0% were non-families. 33.7% of all households were made up of individuals and 15.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.29 and the average family size was 2.93. Marriage is an interpersonal relationship with governmental, social, or religious recognition, usually intimate and sexual, and often created as a contract, or through civil process. ...


In the city the population was spread out with 24.5% under the age of 18, 8.5% from 18 to 24, 27.8% from 25 to 44, 21.2% from 45 to 64, and 18.1% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females there were 87.1 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 83.8 males.


The median income for a household in the city was $35,399, and the median income for a family was $43,787. Males had a median income of $35,870 versus $25,095 for females. The per capita income for the city was $18,680. About 9.9% of families and 13.1% of the population were below the poverty line, including 18.6% of those under age 18 and 9.5% of those age 65 or over. The per capita income for a group of people may be defined as their total personal income, divided by the total population. ... Map of countries showing percentage of population who have an income below the national poverty line The poverty line is the level of income below which one cannot afford to purchase all the resources one requires to live. ...


Claim to fame

The Freeport Public Library on the cusp of downtown Freeport.
The Freeport Public Library on the cusp of downtown Freeport.

Freeport has three claims to fame (or infamy). Image File history File links Metadata Size of this preview: 800 × 600 pixelsFull resolution (2048 × 1536 pixel, file size: 364 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) File historyClick on a date/time to view the file as it appeared at that time. ... Image File history File links Metadata Size of this preview: 800 × 600 pixelsFull resolution (2048 × 1536 pixel, file size: 364 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) File historyClick on a date/time to view the file as it appeared at that time. ...


First, it was the site of the second of the Lincoln-Douglas debates of 1858 and where Stephen A. Douglas articulated his Freeport Doctrine. The Lincoln-Douglas debates of 1858 were a series of seven debates between Abraham Lincoln and Stephen A. Douglas for an Illinois seat in the United States Senate. ... Stephen Arnold Douglas (nicknamed the Little Giant because he was short but was considered by many a giant in politics) was an American politician from the western state of Illinois, and was the Democratic Party nominee for President in 1860. ... The Freeport Doctrine was articulated by Stephen A. Douglas at the second of the Lincoln-Douglas debates on August 27, 1858, in Freeport, Illinois. ...


Second, Freeport is the birthplace of Charles Guiteau, the assassin of U.S. President James Garfield in 1881. Charles Julius Guiteau (September 8, 1841 _ June 30, 1882) was an American lawyer with a history of mental illness who assassinated President James Garfield on July 2, 1881 (although he did not die until 19 September). ... James Abram Garfield (November 19, 1831–September 19, 1881) was a major general in the United States Army, member of the U.S. House of Representatives, and the twentieth President of the United States. ... Year 1881 (MDCCCLXXXI) was a common year starting on Saturday (link will display the full calendar). ...


Third, William Avery Rockefeller, father of John D. Rockefeller, lived in Freeport; he died and was buried there. William Avery Rockefeller (November 13, 1810 - May 11, 1906) was the father of American oil tycoon, John Davison Rockefeller (July 8, 1839 - May 23, 1937). ... John Davison Rockefeller, Sr. ...


Notable people

Freeport is the birthplace of several celebrities. Among them are:

  • Calista Flockhart, the star of Ally McBeal
  • Louella Parsons, the famous Hollywood gossip columnist.
  • Robert L. Johnson, founder of BET.
  • Preston Pearson, NFL football running back with the Baltimore Colts, Pittsburgh Steelers, and the Dallas Cowboys.
  • Ken Behring, former owner of the Seattle Seahawks.
  • Boxer Gerald McClellan, who was considered one of the best pound for pound boxers in the world before being permanently injured by Nigel Benn.
  • Dan Balz, National Political Reporter Washington Post
  • James M. Torrisi - executive assistant producer of CSI (CBS) for 3 episodes in 2001
  • Manuel Seal, Jr. is a Grammy Award winning Songwriter and producer, formerly of Jermaine Dupri's So So Def Recordings. He has co-written & produced many hit singles and they include, but are not limited to Mariah Carey's 1996's "Always Be My Baby" and 2005's "We Belong Together," as well as Usher's 1997's "You Make Me Wanna..., Nice & Slow" and 2004's "My Boo." Has written songs for artist such as Tyrese, Xscape, Jagged Edge, Bow wow.. and has 5 platinum selling singles under his belt!

In history, it may be also noted that Aviation Pioneer Jimmie Mattern was born in Freeport IL on March 8th 1905. Jimmie undertook many aviation world records, including twice attempting to set the around the world record set by Wiley Post and Harold Gatty. Both attempts failed, the second in 1933 resulting in crash landing and rescue by Eskimos in Siberia. Calista Kay Flockhart (born on November 11, 1964) is an Emmy Award-nominated and Golden Globe-winning American actress, primarily on soap operas and television. ... Ally McBeal is an American television series which ran on the FOX network from 1997 to 2002 and was one of the best-known dramedy television series of the 1990s winning several awards. ... Louella Parsons (August 6, 1881 – December 9, 1972) was an American gossip columnist. ... Robert Johnson, on the cover of a biography. ... Preston James Pearson (b. ... The Indianapolis Colts are a professional football team based in Indianapolis, Indiana. ... “Steelers” redirects here. ... City Irving, Texas Other nicknames Americas Team, The Boys Team colors Royal Blue (PMS 661), Silver-Green (PMS 8280), Silver (PMS 8240), and Navy Blue (PMS 282) Head Coach Wade Phillips Owner Jerry Jones General manager Jerry Jones League/Conference affiliations National Football League (1960–present) Northern Conference (1960... Kenneth E. Behring (born June 13, 1928 in Monroe, Wisconsin), is a businessman, philanthropist, and the former owner of the Seattle Seahawks football team. ... City Seattle, Washington Team colors Pacific Blue, Navy Blue, Neon Green, White Head Coach Mike Holmgren Owner Paul Allen General manager Tim Ruskell Mascot Blitz, and Taima the hawk League/Conference affiliations National Football League (1976–present) American Football Conference (1977-2001) AFC West (1977-2001) National Football Conference (1976... Gerald McClellan (born October 23, 1967 in Freeport, Illinois) is a former boxer from the United States of America, who was world Middleweight champion. ... Nigel Benn (born January 22, 1964) is an English former boxer who held world titles at both Middleweight and Super Middleweight. ... Dan Balz is a journalist at the Washington Post, where he has been a political correspondent since 1978. ...


Freeport community festivals

  • Sojourn Folk Festival in September
  • Stephenson County Fair in August
  • Pretzel Festival

Colleges

  • Highland Community College is located in the city.

“Highland Community College” redirects here. ...

Points of interest

  • Stephenson County Historical Society & Museum
  • Krape Park
  • Don Opel Arboretum
  • The Pretzel Bowl
  • Jeannette Lloyd Theatre
  • Willow Lake
  • Little Cubs Field (to be finished in spring 2008)

Don Opel Arboretum is an arboretum located on the 140-acre campus of Highland Community College, 2998 West Pearl City Road, Freeport, Illinois. ...

See also

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Notes

is the 230th day of the year (231st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era. ...

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