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Unincorporated community
Country United States
State Illinois
County Vermilion
Township Jamaica
Elevation 676 ft (206 m)
Coordinates 39°59′28″N 87°48′24″W / 39.99111°N 87.80667°W / 39.99111; -87.80667
Timezone CST (UTC-6)
 - summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
Area code 217

Jamaica is an unincorporated community in Jamaica Township, Vermilion County, Illinois.


Like so many other small towns in the late 19th century, Jamaica developed because of the railroads. When the C&EI railroad came through the township, Jamaica thrived. However, when the Fairmount quarries closed, the town began to dwindle. It is now a small unincorporated area. School consolidation led to the new school being built near the town to replace the older Fairmount, Indianola, and Sidell high schools, and it was called Jamaica High School. Rob Weller lived here for 18 years.


Jamaica is located at 39°59′28″N 87°48′24″W / 39.99111°N 87.80667°W / 39.99111; -87.80667 ( 39.9911467, -87.8066939).

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