Jo Daviess County

Jo Daviess County, Illinois

330 N Bench St
Galena, IL 61036
Phone: (815) 777-0161
Fax: (815) 777-3688

On the northwestern border of IL; organized Feb 17, 1827 from Mercer, Henry, and Putnam counties. Name Origin: For Col. Joseph Hamilton Daviess (1774-1811), VA soldier and jurist who unsuccessfully attempted to indict Aaron Burr (1756-1836) for treason (1807). According to Jacob Piatt Dunn, "The Colonel's name was Daveiss and he always wrote it that way"; however, the name is sometimes spelled 'Daviess' in biographical entries and in places named for him

Area (sq mi):: 618.72 (land 601.08; water 17.64) Population per square mile: 37.60
Population 2005: 22,580 State rank: 54 Population change: 2000-20005 1.30%; 1990-2000 2.10% Population 2000: 22,289 (White 97.50%; Black or African American 0.20%; Hispanic or Latino 1.50%; Asian 0.20%; Other 0.90%). Foreign born: 1.70%. Median age: 41.60
Income 2000: per capita $21,497; median household $40,411; Population below poverty level: 6.70% Personal per capita income (2000-2003): $28,086-$30,401
Unemployment (2004): 5.50% Unemployment change (from 2000): -0.10% Median travel time to work: 21.00 minutes Working outside county of residence: 38.50%
Cities with population over 10,000: None
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The highest snowfall total of 25.7 inches was reported at a station in Galena (Jo Daviess County).
Bautsch-Gray used to be the site of mining and milling in Rice Township, Jo Daviess County, Ill.
Through the early 1990s, Jo Daviess County was the only positive area along the Wisconsin border, and Putnam County was the only positive along the Illinois River.
Several stations have received over 50 inches of precipitation through October 31, including Elizabeth in Jo Daviess County with 54.45 inches, which is 22.66 inches above normal.
Barb Schumacher, Iroquois County; Rick and Beth Nethery, Jasper County; Mary Ann Dagg, Jefferson County; Jack Stork, Jersey County; Marvin Schnitzler, Jo Daviess County; Mark Einwich, Kane County; Margaret Cote, Kankakee County; Sandra Davis, Kendall County; and Mike Hennenfent, Knox County.
A few miles before the road reaches the bluffs of the Mississippi River where the borders of Wisconsin, Iowa and Illinois meet, it descends into Galena, largest city in Jo Daviess County and a magnet for visitors.