Danville was founded in 1827 by Dan Beckwith, and had a population of 33,904 as of the 2000 census. It is the county seat of Vermilion County. Famous people that hail from Danville include actors Dick and Jerry Van Dyke, astronaut Joe Tanner, and musician Bobby Short. Abraham Lincoln also practiced law in Danville from 1841 to 1859. Danville Area Community College is located on the east side of town.

Danville became a major industrial city in the late 19th and early twentieth centuries. From the 1850s to the 1940s, Danville was an important coal mining area.

Danville is located approximately 120 miles south of Chicago, 30 miles east of Champaign-Urbana (home to the University of Illinois), and 90 miles west of Indianapolis, Indiana. Interstate 74 runs through the south end of the city. Danville also has Lake Vermilion, the Vermilion County Airport, the Palmer Arena which is the home of a semipro ice hockey team (Danville Dashers), and Danville Stadium which is the home of a semipro baseball team (Danville Dans). Danville has several elementary schools, two middle schools, and one high school.

The city of Danville maintains 17 parks, including a golf course (Harrison Park), a dog park (FETCH), and is currently building a bicycle route through the city.


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Vermilion County Reference and Yearbook

Central Illinois listings last updated Oct 4, 2023 2:36:am.