McDonough County History       Sources of Information

"Bibliography of McDonough County" by Gordana Rezab
from Western Illinois Regional Studies, Vol. 10, No. 1 (1987)
pgs. 94-104.
McDonough County Bibliography.pdf
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"Bibliography of McDonough County" by Gordana Rezab

also available online here:

Hallwas, John E., McDonough County Heritage, (Macomb, IL, Heritage Press), 1984.
Illinois Historical Map—Featuring The County of McDonough", Arlington, Texas, Hometown Productions, 2000. 
The map features a brief history of the county.

Online Resources

Author: Clarke, S.J.

Title: The History of McDonough County, Illinois.

Publisher: Springfield, IL: D.W. Lusk, state printer

Year: 1878

Google has digitized this book, and it is fully "searchable".

You can also read this same volume online in a slightly different searchable format at .


Author: Drury, John, 1898-

Title: American aerial county history series Volume: 7 (MCDONOUGH)

Publisher: Chicago : Loree Co

Year: 1954

Author: Hallwas, John

Title: McDonough County Historic Sites

Publisher: Chicago: Arcadia Publishing

Year: 2002

[please note: only first 37 pages of this book are online]

Author: Hicks, Frank G., 1982-
Title:The little road : the story of the Macomb Industry & Littleton Railway Publisher: Macomb, Ill. : Western Illinois University
Year: 2006  

Title: History of McDonough County, Illinois, together with sketches of the towns, villages and townships, educational, civil, military and political history; portraits of prominent individuals, and biographies of the representative citizens.

Publisher: Springfield, Ill. : Continental Historical Co.

Year: 1885

Title: Portrait and biographical record of Hancock, McDonough and Henderson counties, Illinois : containing biographical sketches of prominent and representative citizens of the county

Publisher: [Chicago, Ill.] : Lake City Pub. Co

Year: 1894

Author: Rezab, Gordana. 

Title: Place Names of McDonough County, Illinois:  Past and Present.  Publisher: Macomb, IL: Western Illinois University,

Year: 2008

Author: Western Illinois Horse Sales Co

Title:  See the good ones attend the auction sale of light harness horses to be held at the fair grounds : Macomb, Ill., Thursday, March 13, 1913

Publisher: Macomb, Ill. : The Company

Year: 1913

Digital Image Collection (Western Illinois University)

Database of historical images of people, places, events - keyword searchable - many images of McDonough County and surrounding counties

Historical Society Newsletters (Western Illinois University)

Database of newsletters of area Historical Societies.

This collection features Historical Society newsletters from the west-central Illinois counties of Hancock (1987-), McDonough (1982-) [including Colchester Area Historical Society (1995-)], Rock Island (1966-), and Schuyler (1969-).

[note McDonough County Historical Society newsletters available online are from 1982-1997 only]

All Sorts of McDonough County Information !

Macomb Walking Tour Brochure
Macomb Walking Tour Brochure
Self-Guided Walking Tour of Macomb Historic Courthouse Square
Self-Guided Walking Tour Brochure.pdf
Adobe Acrobat Document 1.2 MB

Walking in the footsteps of C.V. Chandler
A self-guided walking tour of historic Chandler sites in Macomb
Chandler brochure.pdf
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