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Mahomet was first settled in 1830 by Daniel Porter. Mahomet township was originally platted as "Middletown" in 1832 and finally recorded when the new County of Champaign was organized in 1836. The Post Office was changed to Mahomet around 1840 because another town in Logan County was named Middletown. The name of the township was officially changed to Mahomet in 1867. The Village of Mahomet was incorporated in 1872.
Agriculture and Transportation provided the original impetus for the Village's growth. The Old Bloomington Road forded the Sanagmon River at Mahomet. This provided opportunities for businesses such as a ferry, taverns, and boarding houses. The Indiana, Bloomington, and Western Railroad, later known as the Norfolk and Western, ran a line through the Mahomet area and provided transportation between Bloomington and Danville. A mill and elevator located near the railroad at Mahomet in 1879 along with other agriculturally related businesses which needed the railroad to transport goods. The area supported several farm families which included Benjamin Franklin Harris who farmed 5,000 acres in the Mahomet area. Today, proximity to majoy population centers and convenient access to these centers have contributed to the Village's continued growth. The Village was considered an independent community in the first half of the twentieth century, with most of its labor working in the Mahomet area and a majority
of the good and services being purchased within the township. The completion of Interstate 74 has changed the development of Mahomet into a "bedroom" community for Champaign/Urbana. Today, the majority of Mahomet's labor force commute to jobs in other communities and most of the goods and
services are purchased outside the Village.
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Settled in 1832 on the banks of the Sangamon River, Mahomet is the oldest community in Champaign County. A rural residential community with thriving business areas, Mahomet appeals to those in search of an atmosphere of country living, shopping, and working with the added convenience of a cosmopolitan environment just 10 miles away in Champaign-Urbana.
Tales of the early days on the Grand Prairie are brought to mind while exploring the antique shops on old Main Street or at the Early American Museum. Quality shops, a variety of restaurants and services, camping, a Bed & Breakfast, a covered bridge, excellent outdoor activities, an award-winning golf course and many other qualities attract visitors and new residents to Mahomet. The Village of Mahomet, local businesses, and Lake of the Woods Park welcome you to our friendly Village.
Mahomet On-line - information about Mahomet!
Early American Museum & Botanical Gardens
Lake of the Woods County Park
The Village furnishes Police protection, subdivision administration, zoning administration, planning, emergency services, and a variety of recreational programs. The township provides fire protection and rescue services with Paramedic services. Ambulance service is provided privately by Arrow and
Pro Ambulance Services. The Village library services are provided by a district.