Ashkum is named for a Potawatomi chief. It is situated near the northwestern
part of Iroquois County, having Milk's Grove and Chebanse north of it, the Iroquois
river for its eastern boundary, Danforth on the south and Ford county on its
west. It contains the southern four tiers of sections of townships, 28 North,
ranges 10 and 11 east of the 3d principal meridian; range 14 and all that lies
west of the river of range 13 west of the 2d principal meridian. It is sixteen
miles long east and west, by four miles wide, and is little less than two congressional
townships. Also a Ashkum Village. The town was laid out on railroad land, on
section 28. It was formed from Chebanse and Onarga in March, 1857. Ashkum is
positioned 40.87 degrees north of the equator and 87.95 degrees west of the
The village was laid out in 1856 with the first election being held in 1861.
Less than 60 votes were cast in that very first election with Thomas Stump being
elected the first Supervisor. H. R. Connel was elected clerk; A. J. Lake assessor,
J. R. Smith and J. B. Wolcott justices of the peace
The main agricultural products are corn and soybeans.
The average temperature in January is 21 degrees farenheit.
The average temperature in July is 73 degrees farenheit.
The population is 750 (2000 census) with approx. 269 families.
Towns nearest to Ashkum include: Clifton, Chebanse, Danforth, Cullum, Gilman,
Martinton, and Crescent City
Ashkum is located about halfway between Chicago and Champaign on
I-57. Chicago lies approx. 77 miles to the north and Champaign is approx.
61 miles to the south. The Ashkum/Pontiac exit is at mile marker 293. Other
major routes that run through the village are Illinois Rte. 116 and US Rte.
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