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Encyclopedia > Mount Carmel, Illinois
City of Mount Carmel
City
Mount Carmel welcome sign before their largest annual festival, Ag Days
Country United States
State Illinois
County Wabash
Area 4.8 mi² (12 km²)
 - land 4.6 mi² (12 km²)
 - water 0.2 mi² (1 km²), 4.17%
Center
 - coordinates 38°24′53″N 87°46′7″W / 38.41472, -87.76861Coordinates: 38°24′53″N 87°46′7″W / 38.41472, -87.76861
Population 7,982 (2000)
Density 1,728.7 /mi² (667 /km²)
Time zone CST (UTC-6)
 - summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
Zip Code 62863
Area code Area Code 618
Location of Mount Carmel within Illinois
Location of Illinois in the United States

Mount Carmel is the county seat of Wabash County, Illinois. At the time of the 2000 census, the city population was 7,982, while the next largest town in Wabash County is Allendale, Illinois, population 528. The city, sitting on the western bank of the Wabash River, borders Indiana. A small community known informally as East Mount Carmel sits on a small tributary on the opposite (Indiana) side of the Wabash River from Mount Carmel. Mount Carmel is 5 miles northeast of the Forest of the Wabash, a National Natural Landmark within Beall Woods State Park and about a mile north-northeast of one of its main employers, the Gibson Generating Station. List of cities in Illinois, arranged in alphabetical order. ... Image File history File links Metadata Size of this preview: 800 × 600 pixelsFull resolution (2560 × 1920 pixels, file size: 2. ... This is an alphabetical list of the sovereign states of the world, including both de jure and de facto independent states. ... 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Employment and environment

Market St. in midsummer

Mount Carmel lost 270 jobs in 2003 to the closing of a Snap-on Tools factory that had been in operation since 1937. However, the town has an unemployment rate of just 4.6%, as of May 2006 [2]. The situation has substantially improved since 1992, when the unemployment rate peaked as high as 15.1% [3]. However, the town incured another significant loss. A coal mine in neighboring Keensburg, Illinois closed recently. On April 5, 2007, Foundation Coal Holdings, Inc., of Linthicum Heights, Maryland, announced plans to close the Wabash Mine in nearby Keensburg, meaning a loss of nearly 230 jobs in Wabash County. Image File history File links Metadata Size of this preview: 800 × 600 pixelsFull resolution (2560 × 1920 pixels, file size: 1. ... Image File history File links Metadata Size of this preview: 800 × 600 pixelsFull resolution (2560 × 1920 pixels, file size: 1. ... Year 2003 (MMIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Keensburg is a village located in Wabash County, Illinois. ... Linthicum is a census-designated place (CDP) and an unincorporated community in Anne Arundel County, Maryland, United States. ... Wabash County is a county located in the state of Illinois. ...


Duke Energy's Gibson Generating Station is the nearest employer of substantial size. The Gibson County, Indiana power plant is located less than a mile away from Mount Carmel, directly across the river. It is the third largest coal power plant in the world [4], and the ninth largest power plant in the United States [5]. Its pollution has prompted considerable debate, partially because of repeated incidents where the plant created a blue toxic cloud after adding new emissions control systems. [6] The Gibson Generating Station is a coal-burning power plant located in Gibson County, Indiana, United States. ... Gibson County is a county located in the U.S. state of Indiana. ... A fossil fuel power plant (FFPP) (also known as steam electric power plant in the US, thermal power plant in Asia, or power station in the UK) is an energy conversion center designed on a large scale for continuous operation. ...


Additional nearby employers include Indiana's Toyota factory, producing the Tundra pickup truck line, and a Champion Laboratories plant in Albion, Illinois that produces air and fuel filters. Local employers include several oil & gas firms, exploiting the Southern Indiana Oil Basin, which extends into Illinois, Indiana, and Kentucky, which once had reserves of over four billion barrels of crude oil. This article is about the automaker. ... The Toyota Tundra is a full-size pickup truck sold by Toyota, replacing the Toyota T100. ... The best selling North American pickup truck, the Ford F-Series. ... Albion is a city in Edwards County, Illinois, United States. ... Official language(s) English[1] Capital Frankfort Largest city Louisville Area  Ranked 37th  - Total 40,444 sq mi (104,749 km²)  - Width 140 miles (225 km)  - Length 379 miles (610 km)  - % water 1. ... “bbl” redirects here. ... Pumpjack pumping an oil well near Sarnia, Ontario Petroleum (from Greek petra – rock and elaion – oil or Latin oleum – oil ) or crude oil is a thick, dark brown or greenish liquid. ...


Education

MCHS's Riverview Stadium, affectionately referred to as the Snakepit.
MCHS's Riverview Stadium, affectionately referred to as the Snakepit.

Mount Carmel is home to Wabash Valley College, part of the Illinois Eastern Community Colleges (IECC). The college has 1375 students, and has an active international student program. The small town atmosphere provides a laid back, comfortable setting in which international students may study English as a second language (ESL). As part of the IECC, residents benefit from a reciprocal agreement where some of the out-of-state fees to attend the University of Southern Indiana are waved, in exchange for similar tuition discounts for Indiana students in IECC schools. Their men's basketball team, the Warriors, won the NJCAA Division I championships in 2001. Image File history File links Metadata No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File links Metadata No higher resolution available. ... Wabash Valley College is a community college located in Mount Carmel, Illinois. ... The Illinois Eastern Community Colleges is an organization of community colleges located near the western bank of the Wabash River, which divides Illinois from Indiana. ... University of Southern Indiana Campus map. ... The National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) is an association of community college athletic departments throughout the United States of America. ... Year 2001 (MMI) was a common year starting on Monday (link displays the 2001 Gregorian calendar). ...


Mount Carmel's K-12 school district is Wabash Community Schools District 348. It has two elementary schools, divided by grade (South and North Schools), a new middle school Mount Carmel Middle School, built in 2000, and Mount Carmel High School, the only high school in the county. The high school's football team, The Golden Aces, won the class 3A state championships in 1981, and the team made it to the playoffs 21 years in a row. They play at home in Riverview Stadium, more commonly known as the Snakepit. [7] The stadium is notable for having been built into the side of a large hill. The school's business communications class teaches students webpage construction and the students design and maintain numerous sites for businesses in town. Year 2000 (MM) was a leap year starting on Saturday (link will display full 2000 Gregorian calendar). ... Mount Carmel High School is the only high school in Mount Carmel, Illinois, which is in southern Illinois, just across the Wabash River from Gibson County, Indiana. ...


Geography

Bridge over the Wabash River formerly featured in Ripley's Believe It or Not!
Bridge over the Wabash River formerly featured in Ripley's Believe It or Not!

Mount Carmel is located at 38°24′53″N, 87°46′7″W (38.414859, -87.768596)GR1 on the Wabash River, which demarcates the Indiana border. According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 12.4 km² (4.8 mi²). 12.0 km² (4.6 mi²) of it is land and 0.4 km² (0.2 mi²) of it (3.14%) is water. Image File history File links Size of this preview: 800 × 279 pixelsFull resolution (1017 × 355 pixels, file size: 60 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) Mount Carmel, Illinois bridge between Indiana State Road 64 and Illinois Route 15, captured prior to replacement in 2007. ... Image File history File links Size of this preview: 800 × 279 pixelsFull resolution (1017 × 355 pixels, file size: 60 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) Mount Carmel, Illinois bridge between Indiana State Road 64 and Illinois Route 15, captured prior to replacement in 2007. ... The Wabash River at Lafayette, Indiana, showing the Main Street bridge, and the Amtrak station. ... Believe It or Not redirects here. ... 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 city was featured in Ripley's Believe It or Not! for its once multi-colored bridge over the Wabash, painted white and black on the Illinois and Indiana sides of the state line, respectively. The bridge, now green, connects Princeton, Indiana to Mount Carmel via Indiana State Road 64 and Illinois Route 15. [8] Illinois Route 1 and Illinois Route 15 meet just a few blocks from the bridge. One rail bridge runs parallel to the IN-64/IL-15 bridge, and another sits just a few miles south, near the southern most edge of the city. There are plans to build a new bridge while Indiana prepares to expand Indiana 64 to a four-lane highway as part of their Major Moves Project. [9] Believe It or Not redirects here. ... Princeton is a city located in Gibson County, in the US state of Indiana. ... State Road 64 in the U.S. State of Indiana is an east-west highway in the southern portion of the state. ... See also U.S. 14 Illinois Route 15 is an east-west highway with its western terminus at Illinois Route 3, U.S. Route 40, I-55, I-64, and I-70 and its eastern terminus at Mt. ... See also Illinois State Route 1 is the first state road commissioned by the state of Illinois. ... See also U.S. 14 Illinois Route 15 is an east-west highway with its western terminus at Illinois Route 3, U.S. Route 40, I-55, I-64, and I-70 and its eastern terminus at Mt. ... Major Moves is the name of a controversial plan by Indiana governor Mitch Daniels to lease the Indiana Toll Road to an Australian-Spanish consortium to obtain funding for the planned extension of Interstate 69 through southwestern Indiana. ...


Demographics

Cherry St. near 7th street is home to some of the oldest homes in Mount Carmel, and still retains its brick surface and sidewalk.

As of the censusGR2 of 2000, there were 7,982 people, 3,302 households, and 2,146 families residing in the city. The population density was 667.1/km² (1,728.7/mi²). There were 3,653 housing units at an average density of 305.3/km² (791.2/mi²). The racial makeup of the city was 97.69% White, 0.48% African American, 0.19% Native American, 0.51% Asian, 0.08% Pacific Islander, 0.29% from other races, and 0.76% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.86% of the population. Image File history File links Metadata Size of this preview: 800 × 600 pixelsFull resolution (1280 × 960 pixels, file size: 627 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) Cherry St. ... Image File history File links Metadata Size of this preview: 800 × 600 pixelsFull resolution (1280 × 960 pixels, file size: 627 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) Cherry St. ... 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 3,302 households out of which 29.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 51.2% were married couples living together, 10.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 35.0% were non-families. 30.6% of all households were made up of individuals and 15.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.37 and the average family size was 2.95.


In the city the population was spread out with 23.6% under the age of 18, 9.8% from 18 to 24, 25.7% from 25 to 44, 21.8% from 45 to 64, and 19.2% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39 years.


The median income for a household in the city was $31,715, and the median income for a family was $39,882. Males had a median income of $30,815 versus $17,129 for females. The per capita income for the city was $16,391. Median house value is $51,200. About 10.2% of families and 15.8% of the population were below the poverty line, including 20.5% of those under age 18 and 9.3% 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. ...


Notable residents

Births
Other residents
  • During brief intervals, Broadway and television actress Nancy Dussault resided in Mount Carmel.
  • Indiana University basketball great Archie Dees, born in Mississippi, played his junior and senior years at Mount Carmel High School.
  • George W. Fithian (D) worked as a printer in Mount Carmel before going on to serve as U.S. Representative from Illinois from 1889-1895.
  • Orlando B. Ficklin (D) worked as a lawyer in Mount Carmel before going on to serve as U.S. Representative from Illinois from 1851-1853.
  • Silas Z. Landes (D) worked as a lawyer in Mount Carmel before going on to serve as U.S. Representative from Illinois from 1885-1889.
  • Juanita Havill Children's author know for the Jamaica Books.

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External links

References

  1. ^ Official City Website Retrieved on February 20, 2007
  2. ^ http://lmi.ides.state.il.us/laus/ratecounty.htm Illinois unemployment rates by county
  3. ^ http://www.economagic.com/em-cgi/data.exe/blsla/laucn17185003 Historical unemployment data
  4. ^ http://www.gibsoncountyin.org/attractions.htm Attractions in Gibson County
  5. ^ http://www.eia.doe.gov/neic/rankings/plantsbycapacity.htm Department of Energy listing of power plants by capacity
  6. ^ http://indianalawblog.com/archives/2004/08/environment_gib.html Indiana Law Blog discussing sulfur release & reprinting Princeton Clarion article on same topic
  7. ^ http://www.mchs.wabash.k12.il.us/quicktime/stadium.htm
  8. ^ http://www.museum.wabash.il.us/stories/Bridge/main.htm Wabash County Museum - Crossing the Wabash
  9. ^ http://netservices.indot.in.gov/lettings/SearchResults.aspx INDOT information on SR 64 bridge project

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