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Beaverville, Illinois
Location of Beaverville in Iroquois County, Illinois
Location of Beaverville in Iroquois County, Illinois
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Country  United States
State  Illinois
County Iroquois
Township Beaverville
 • Total 0.28 sq mi (0.72 km2)
 • Land 0.28 sq mi (0.71 km2)
 • Water 0.00 sq mi (0.01 km2)
676 ft (206 m)
 • Total 306
 • Density 1,112.73/sq mi (429.33/km2)
ZIP code
Area code(s) 815
FIPS code 17-04507

Beaverville (formerly St. Marie) is a village in Beaverville Township, Iroquois County, Illinois, United States. The population was 362 at the 2010 census.


The legend of the founding of St. Marie says that thirty-two families from the area of Montreal, Canada, mostly newlywed or single came up the St. Lawrence River in search of farmland on the prairie. They traveled across the Great Lakes and stopped at Fort Dearborn (Chicago). Then they pushed south through the swamps and frontier until they reached what is now Beaverville. The settlement in 1851 was led by Francis Besse, who became a general merchant. The group consisted of families with names such as Fortin, Dionne, Boudreau, Benoit, Nourie, Lafond, and at least six Arseneau families. They settled here because of the good land and the many creeks. In 1905, the village name, St. Marie, was changed to Beaverville, when the village founders realized that there was another town in Illinois named St. Mary.

The town's current name was inspired by the profusion of beavers in the area in the early 19th century, when Beaver Lake right across the border in Indiana still existed.

The Cathedral of the Cornfields

St. Mary's in Beaverville from northwest
St. Mary's Church, Beaverville, IL

Beaverville is home to St. Mary's Catholic Church, known as the "Prairie Cathedral" or the "Cathedral of the Cornfields." Built in 1909, the structure is recorded in the National Register of Historic Places, and is large enough that its red, clay-tile roof can be seen from several miles away.


Beaverville is located at 40°57′16″N 87°39′14″W / 40.95444°N 87.65389°W / 40.95444; -87.65389 (40.954567, -87.654016).

According to the 2010 census, Beaverville has a total area of 0.265 square miles (0.69 km2), of which 0.26 square miles (0.67 km2) (or 98.11%) is land and 0.005 square miles (0.01 km2) (or 1.89%) is water.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1900 395
1910 401 1.5%
1920 402 0.2%
1930 348 −13.4%
1940 425 22.1%
1950 383 −9.9%
1960 430 12.3%
1970 442 2.8%
1980 377 −14.7%
1990 278 −26.3%
2000 391 40.6%
2010 362 −7.4%
2020 306 −15.5%
U.S. Decennial Census

As of the census of 2000, there were 391 people, 151 households, and 104 families residing in the village. The population density was 1,491.4 people per square mile (580.6/km2). There were 162 housing units at an average density of 617.9 per square mile (240.6/km2). The racial makeup of the village was 99.23% White, 0.26% Asian, 0.26% from other races, and 0.26% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.51% of the population.

There were 151 households, out of which 29.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 51.7% were married couples living together, 10.6% had a female householder with no husband present, and 31.1% were non-families. 25.2% of all households were made up of individuals, and 17.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.59 and the average family size was 3.05.

In the village, the population was spread out, with 27.6% under the age of 18, 8.2% from 18 to 24, 23.5% from 25 to 44, 21.5% from 45 to 64, and 19.2% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females, there were 96.5 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 87.4 males.

The median income for a household in the village was $30,833, and the median income for a family was $34,821. Males had a median income of $31,667 versus $19,792 for females. The per capita income for the village was $13,707. About 6.3% of families and 9.7% of the population were below the poverty line, including 7.8% of those under age 18 and 14.5% of those age 65 or over.

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