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This document consists of two parts. Part I is an introduction to Illinois towns and town selling during the boom of 1835-1837 when as many as one thousand new towns were laid out. Part II is a summary, in standard format, of over one hundred advertisements for new towns created during these years. These are followed by Appendix A, which lists the names of all proprietors named in the advertisements, and Appendix B, which is a list of all towns platted during this period in central Illinois.


This article was originally published as William D. Walters, Jr. 2010. "Selling Location: Illinois Town Advertisements 1835-1837." Department of Geography-Geology, Illinois State University.