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Old 06-09-2013, 04:31 PM
 
Location: New Albany, IN
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Does anyone have any info about a tiny town called Nevada in Livingston County?

This site has a Nevada Township listed in Livingston County. Around 1900 my great-great grandparents were in Nevada where there was a town. Someone in the family found old pictures of them in front of their general store. The town looked to have at least a main street. So what happened? One relative said there is a sign on the nearby highway that reads "Nevada" and has an arrow. He said nothing is in the area but a grain silo.

The most info I saw on a Google search was that Odell has taken over whatever is/was Nevada. Odell is to the southeast just across I-55.
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Old 06-09-2013, 06:24 PM
 
Location: Not where you ever lived
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Illinois is divided into Counties. Each county is further divied into Townships. Most Townships have cities, towns, villages and/or incorporated areas. A 110-years ago looked much different. Navada was a farming town as evidenced by the silo. Best guess: If there is nothing in the area now, then the community that was has returned to nature.
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Old 06-12-2013, 04:44 PM
 
Location: New Albany, IN
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Thank you for your response. Could a town "return to nature" leaving nothing like building ruins, shacks, streets with weeds grown in them, etc.? I just wonder how there was a town and now there isn't. One suggestion I heard in the family is that there was some sort of mining or other natural resource that eventually ran out. CD shows nothing but cemeteries in Nevada Township; I assume that's what I'll find other than farms! Since I plan to visit my family "up north" soon maybe I will go out of my way to Odell. Now that I found out about that place I want to know what happened to it.
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Old 06-12-2013, 06:06 PM
 
Location: Not where you ever lived
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Life happened to it. It could be much like a western ghost town now. When money dries up people need to survive. It is not that unusual until it happens to you. In Illinois it is easy to find small patches of humanity in clusters of 100 or 200, and sometimes less.
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