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Statistics & Facts

The Illinois state capital is Springfield.
The population of Riverton is approximately 2,638 (1990), 3455 (2010).
The approximate number of families is 1,060 (1990), 1373 (2010).
The amount of land area in Riverton is 4.12 sq. kilometers.
The amount of surface water is 0 sq kilometers.
The distance from Riverton to Washington DC is 713 miles.
The distance to the Illinois state capital is 7 miles. (as the crow flies)
Riverton is positioned 39.84 degrees north of the equator and 89.54 degrees west of the prime meridian.


just northeast of Springfield. Here is a map page for Riverton.
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History & History Related Items

Gershom Jayne, a Springfield physician and land speculator, purchased the land where Riverton sits in December 1830. Jayne held onto the land until May 1837 when he sold it to Samuel Danley. Mr. Danley owned the land for just a few months before selling it to John Taylor, a Springfield merchant and speculator. Taylor was responsible for having the town of Jamestown, the original name of Riverton, platted on December 11, 1837. The name of Jamestown was changed to Howlett in 1864. Under its new owner, the town began to flourish. The village was incorporated in August 1873 and the name changed from Howlett to Riverton. The reason for the change resulted from a State requirement that an incorporated town not be named after an individual.

See this history page for more history and some surprising facts about Riverton's history.
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Village of Riverton - this site includes history, administration and various information about Riverton.
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Riverton City Government

Village of Riverton
1200 E. Riverton Rd.
Riverton, Illinois 62561
Phone 217.629.9122
Fax 217.629.9132

Riverton Libraries

Riverton Library
1200 East Riverton Road
Riverton, Illinois 62561
Phone: 217-629-6353
Fax: 217-629-8120

Riverton Schools

Riverton Public Schools

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