POPE COUNTY, IL (KFVS) - Residents of Pope County, Illinois began celebrating the county's 200th birthday on Sunday, Jan 10.
Pope County was established 200 years ago on this day in 1816.
Churches in the area celebrated in their own ways on Sunday. Bells rang out across the county to honor and celebrate the heritage of the community. However, some residents and organizations are planning for a year full of events to help celebrate the bicentennial.
Later this year, there is talk of a 5K run and a bike race around the county, flatboat races and concerts in July, and much more throughout the year.
There will also be a bicentennial souvenir booklet full of history, heritage, people and pictures available for purchase in the spring.
The Pope County Historical Society is helping provide information and events toward the history of the county for the people.
The Pope County Historical Society & Museum is also available for anyone to check out the historic items collected over many years there for the public to view starting in March.
One town that provided much to the county is Golconda. This town will be celebrating its bicentennial on Jan. 24 of next year.
Golconda was originally called Sarahsville, in honor of the late Sarah-Lusk Ferguson on Aug, 28, 1816.
The town at one point had three different names, all in one day. On Jan. 24, 1817, the town of Sarahsville legally changed its name to Corinth. About four hours later, they renamed it Golconda.
Residents of Pope County are excited and proud to show off their historic county and heritage to people, and expect many to come to the bicentennial events planned throughout the year.
On this day 200 years ago, another Heartland county was established, as well. Jackson County, Illinois was also established 200 years ago on this day.