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Dowell, Illinois
Location of Dowell in Jackson County, Illinois
Location of Dowell in Jackson County, Illinois
Location of Illinois in the United States
Location of Illinois in the United States
Country United States
State Illinois
County Jackson
Township Elk
Founded 1915
 • Total 0.39 sq mi (1.01 km2)
 • Land 0.39 sq mi (1.01 km2)
 • Water 0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
400 ft (100 m)
 • Total 368
 • Density 943.59/sq mi (364.23/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (CST)
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP Code(s)
Area code(s) 618
FIPS code 17-20565
GNIS ID 2398744
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Dowell is a village in Jackson County, Illinois, United States. The population was estimated to be 385 at the 2020 census, down from 408 at the 2010 census.


Dowell is located at 37°56′22″N 89°14′22″W / 37.93944°N 89.23944°W / 37.93944; -89.23944 (37.939545, -89.239553).

According to the 2010 census, Dowell has a total area of 0.391 square miles (1.01 km2), of which 0.39 square miles (1.01 km2) (or 99.74%) is land and 0.001 square miles (0.00 km2) (or 0.26%) is water.


Dowell was founded as a coal town and named by Duquoin attorney George Dowell and William Lafont. They requested bids for property development as early as 1917. In 1922, the town's population was over 2,000.

The town has supported miners from local coal mines ( The Kathleen Coal Mine was located east of the town. It was the scene of a disaster in 1921 and again in 1936. At one time, the Kathleen Mine produced 5000 tons of coal per day. The mind was closed in 1946 after the coal vein was no longer accessible.

Coal mining brought many immigrants to the village. At one time there was a Russian Orthodox church which is now closed. The area is still served by a church in nearby Royalton.

Memorial to the former Dowell Russian Orthodox Church
Memorial to the former Dowell Russian Orthodox Church, located at the Holy Protection Russian Orthodox church in Royalton

Dowell Today

With the departure of the Kathleen Mine, Dowell has become a quiet residential community. The mine has been suspected of causing sinkholes in the village.

Former company store
Former company store in Dowell, IL
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Historical population
Census Pop.
1920 422
1930 832 97.2%
1940 704 −15.4%
1950 616 −12.5%
1960 453 −26.5%
1970 423 −6.6%
1980 480 13.5%
1990 465 −3.1%
2000 441 −5.2%
2010 408 −7.5%
2020 385 −5.6%
U.S. Decennial Census

As of the census of 2000, there were 441 people, 199 households, and 125 families residing in the village. The population density was 1,188.0 people per square mile (460.2/km2). There were 217 housing units at an average density of 584.6 per square mile (226.4/km2). The racial makeup of the village was 98.41% White, 0.23% African American, 0.91% Native American, and 0.45% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.45% of the population.

There were 199 households, out of which 28.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 47.2% were married couples living together, 12.6% had a female householder with no husband present, and 36.7% were non-families. 29.1% of all households were made up of individuals, and 17.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.22 and the average family size was 2.75.

In the village, the population was spread out, with 21.5% under the age of 18, 8.6% from 18 to 24, 26.5% from 25 to 44, 22.2% from 45 to 64, and 21.1% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females, there were 83.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 89.1 males.

The median income for a household in the village was $24,750, and the median income for a family was $28,958. Males had a median income of $24,821 versus $16,719 for females. The per capita income for the village was $12,464. About 10.3% of families and 13.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 21.7% of those under age 18 and 10.6% of those age 65 or over.

Notable person

  • Rudolph Wanderone Jr. (a.k.a. Minnesota Fats), noted billiards player,

See also

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