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The population of Pontiac is approximately 11,428 (1990), 11931 (2010).
The approximate number of families is 3,932 (1990), 4338 (2010).

The amount of land area in Pontiac is 11.935 sq. kilometers.
The amount of surface water is 0.026 sq kilometers.
The distance from Pontiac to Washington DC is 652 miles. The distance to the Illinois state capital is 93 miles. (as the crow flies)
Pontiac is positioned 40.87 degrees north of the equator and 88.64 degrees west of the prime meridian.

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Pontiac location: about 90 miles southwest of Chicago and 30 miles from Bloomington. It is near Interstate 55.

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Pontiac history:

Pontiac was named in 1837 for the Ottawa Indian Chief of the same name. The city was platted in 1837 with settlers arriving the next year. The community grew rapidly after a sawmill opened and then a grain mill. Pontiac became an important trade center for the area due to its location along Route 66 and major rail lines. Many of its buildings are listed on the National Register of Historic Places, including the Jones House, the Yost HOuse, the Old City Hall Shoppes and more.
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Pontiac attractions:

Yost House Museum
298 W Water St
Pontiac, IL 61764-1757
Phone: 815-844-7401
This living museum is also a center for non-performing arts. The home was built in 1898 for Z.F. Yost, a local attorney.

The Jones House
This home was built in the mid 1800's and is a Gothic Revival style. It is also the oldest brick home in the city. The home was named for Henry C. Jones who founded the Pontiac Ice and Fuel Company.

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