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Statistics & Facts

The Illinois state capital is Springfield.
The population of Keithsburg is approximately 714 (2000), 609 (2010).
The approximate number of families is 306 (2000), 260 (2010).
The amount of land area in Keithsburg is 6.68 sq. kilometers.
The amount of surface water is 1.55 sq kilometers.
The distance from Keithsburg to Washington DC is 778 miles.
The distance to the Illinois state capital is 115 miles. (as the crow flies)
Keithsburg is positioned 41.10 degrees north of the equator and 90.93 degrees west of the prime meridian.


in the Yellowbanks Territory of northwestern Illinois.
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History & History Related Items

Oquawka(Oquawkiek) which is south of Keithsburg, approximately 12 miles, was named by the Sac and Fox Indians. The name means Yellowbanks, named due to the yellow sandy soil on the riverbanks and designating their territory. New Boston is located to the north and west of Keithsburg and is known as Upper Yellowbanks. The Yellowbanks Heritage Association was formed in 1983 to preserve the history of the area and to promote tourism and the economic development of the territory.

It was founded in 1837 by Robert Keith, who came here from Scotland in 1834.
Keithsburg is a small town located on the Mississippi River. There were fourteen buildings placed on the National Register of Historic Places, but the flood of 1993 has destroyed several of those buildings.
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In the 1980's, a lot of volunteers worked very hard on a campground project which now is located right along the river. It is one of the prettiest camping areas on the river. There are presently 47 campsites, two bathroom/shower facilities, electrical and water hookups. Forty new sites will be added plus a shelter building and volleyball sand court.

During the summer months, we have many tourists since Keithsburg is located on the Great River Road. People from all over come to enjoy boating, camping, fishing, hiking, etc.
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Keithsburg City Government

City of Keithsburg,br> P.O. Box 87
Keithsburg, Illinois 61442
Phone: 309-374-2311
Fax: 309-374-2346 Keithsburg


The population of Keithsburg was:
1990 - 747
2000 - 714

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