Founding the City of Champaign
Champaign was founded in 1855, when the Illinois Central Railroad laid its rail track two miles west of downtown Urbana. Originally called “West Urbana,” it was renamed Champaign when it acquired a city charter in 1860. Both the city and county name were derived from Champaign County, Ohio.
History of Champaign City Buildings
After a little longer than a decade of meeting in private or semi-private locations, the Council decided upon a more formal setting for its deliberations; sometime between the spring and fall of 1869, the Council leased “Council Rooms” from RM. Eppstein. Rent was $16.67 per month.
Champaign’s Historic Preservation Page
If you’re interested in Champaign’s history, perhaps you would enjoy following this link to the activities of Champaign’s Historic Preservation Commission.
Illinois Pioneers Videos
WILL-TV, in conjunction with Illinois Public Media, made a series of videos about local history to help Champaign celebrate its 150th anniversary. They’ve been airing on Champaign Government Television but there’s no reason for you to have to wait for our schedule, just click on a photo link below to view the video of your choice.