Arthur, IL

Brief History



In 1850, the Illinois Central Railroad ran two lines from Chicago, going South across the prairie.

In 1870, a new rail was to run east and west, starting in Paris, going through Decatur and continuing on.

About nine miles west of Arcola, another passing switch and tank were needed.

This passing track was first called Glasgow, but the name was later changed to Arthur after a brother of the railroad president.

Arthur began to grow and by 1877, the population was up to 300 people with plans of becoming a village.


Arthur's first election was held that year.

Since then, the population has increased to 2,200 residents along with 3,500+ from the Amish community in the surrounding areas.

Arthur is known for it's quality, hand-crafted products and the hard-
working people who make them.




To learn more about Arthur, visit the official site: www.arthuril.com