Kappa, Woodford County,
Woodford County, Illinois Genealogy Trails
Kappa is a
village in Woodford County, Illinois, United States. The population was
170 at the 2000 census.
In 1833, Thomas Dixon became the first
settler in the Kappa area. Over the next few years, other settlers moved
in around the area, and eventually a railroad was built through the
area. On May 23, 1853 rail service began, and postal service began. The
first postmaster, William Jones, appointed the name Montrose, but the
Illinois Central Railroad preferred Kappa. Kappa is the tenth letter in
the Greek alphabet, and was applied to the town because it was the tenth
town between Dunleith (modern-day East Dubuque, Illinois) and
Kappa sits on the north side of the Mackinaw River.
Approximately five miles to the southeast is Lake Bloomington, while
five miles to the southwest is Evergreen Lake.
inception, the railroad line from East Dubuque to Bloomington has been
decommissioned. In the early 1900s, SBI Route 2 was founded, and then
changed to U.S. Highway 51. U.S. 51 now bypasses the town to the west,
leaving Illinois Route 251 as the main north-south road through
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