- 11,803 Population
- 5 Square Miles
- 396 Businesses
A Fun Fact About
There are many fun facts that bring character to our little town in the Illinois corn fields. First and foremost, the land upon which the town was founded was won in a back-room poker game in 1827 in New Orleans.
Western icon and hero lawman Wyatt Earp was born in Monmouth, where his birthplace museum still stands. Ralph Greenleaf, the world’s greatest pool champion (who was also one of the world’s greatest drinkers, which proved to be his downfall), called Monmouth home.
In the late 1890s, Monmouth was home to two of the largest industries anywhere. Monmouth Pottery (which eventually became Western Stoneware) was the largest stoneware pottery manufacturer in the world. On the other side of town, the “3M” plant, Monmouth Mining and Manufacturing, was the world’s largest producer of terra cotta sewer tiles. Both companies used the famous local Monmouth clay deposits for their wares.
Currently, Monmouth is the retirement home of the former worldwide director of news for NBC, the man who gave Tom Brokaw his start. At the outskirts of town, Joe Angotti runs, with his wife Karen, Rainbow Riders, a therapeutic horseback riding facility for children with disabilities. Their mantle is filled with his Emmys from his time at NBC.
Monmouth, IL is partnering with Roseville and Lenox, IL.