CASEY - ILLINOIS

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Population 3000

 

When construction of the National Trail or the first road west had been completed through Clark County in 1834, settlements began to spring up along the muddy dirt road.
Around 1853, the post office and the community of Casey were named after Hon. Mr. (Zadoc) Casey, the United States Senator from Illinois at the time
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Oil made Casey a "boomtown" around the turn of the century and the instant prosperity affected every part of local life. The first oil well in the U.S. was drilled in Pennsylvania in 1857 and the earliest activity in Clark County followed not long after that date. By 1907 two thousand wells had been drilled in a 9,000 acre area between Casey and Westfield. Twenty-four million barrels were produced in the area that year.

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The boom brought big money and financiers to the area. John D. Rockefeller bought a local oil field in 1910 for more than a million dollars which was deposited in one of the Casey banks. The boom had a great financial effect on Casey and the surrounding counties which spawned 3 to 4 banks and 5 to 10 saloons. "A place to deposit money and a place to spend money."

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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