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McClure, Illinois
Thomas J. and Caroline McClure House.jpg
Thomas J. and Caroline McClure House, a historic site in the village
Country United States
State Illinois
County Alexander
Coordinates 37°19′04″N 89°25′53″W / 37.31778°N 89.43139°W / 37.31778; -89.43139
Area 1.53 sq mi (4 km²)
 - land 1.53 sq mi (4 km²)
 - water 0.00 sq mi (0 km²)
Population 402 (2010)
Density 262.7 /sq mi (101 /km²)
Timezone CST (UTC-6)
 - summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
Area code 618

McClure is a village in McClure Precinct, Alexander County, Illinois, United States. It was incorporated in 2004 and had a population of 402 at the 2010 census.

McClure is part of the Cape GirardeauJackson Metropolitan Statistical Area.


According to the 2010 census, McClure has a total area of 1.53 square miles (3.96 km2), all land.


The community of McClure was established prior to 1836, the year its post office opened, and was originally known as Clear Creek Landing or Clear Creek. The community's name was changed to Wheatland in 1887 due to the large wheat fields in the region. Thomas J. McClure, for whose family the village was eventually named, moved to the village in 1842; he and his wife Caroline became prominent local farmers and raised seven children. Their son J. T. became the village postmaster, and he had the post office's name changed to McClure in 1895 to avoid confusion with the Wheaton, Illinois post office. By the 1930s, the village had two train stations, a sizable business district, and a population of roughly 400. The village has since declined and now has relatively few businesses.

The McClure family's house has been listed on the National Register of Historic Places.


Historical population
Census Pop.
2010 402
Est. 2015 349 −13.2%
U.S. Decennial Census
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