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Summum, Illinois
Summum, Illinois is located in Illinois
Summum, Illinois
Summum, Illinois
Location in Illinois
Summum, Illinois is located in the United States
Summum, Illinois
Summum, Illinois
Location in the United States
Country United States
State Illinois
County Fulton
623 ft (190 m)
Time zone UTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
Area code(s) 309
GNIS feature ID 419359

Summum is an unincorporated community in Fulton County, Illinois, United States. Summum is located adjacent to U.S. Highway 24 northeast of Astoria, in Woodland Township.

Summum gives its name to the Summum cyclothem and the associated "Summum coal" formation, which extends over much of western Illinois but is typically only a few inches thick.

One place the Summum coal reached a minable thickness was just north of Summum itself, where a strip mine was operated in the mid-20th century, from 1948 to 1955 by Key Coal Company and for some time thereafter by Peabody Coal Company. The strip mine was later converted into a small lake.

Notable people from Summum include country musician and comedian Smiley Burnette, who was born there in 1911.

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