Introduction to Harrisburg, Illinois
In 1853, the community of Harrisburg was marked as a village comprising of an area of twenty acres. It was incorporated as a town in 1861, and was reincorporated as a city in 1889. The city was named after James Alexander Harris, a farmhouse owner, who donated land for the first additions to the town. Coal mining was originally the major industry in the city. The New York Central Railroad began running a line to Harrisburg in the year 1872.
Harrisburg and nearby Attractions
- Saline county Area Historical Museum
- Saline county State Fish & Wildlife Area
- New Harmony State Historic Site
- Adsmore Museum
Things To Do In Harrisburg
Located on the city's southern edge, the Saline County Area Historical Museum is home to the three-story Old Pauper Home and other historic buildings, along with a one-room school house, cabins, and a small church. The Saline County State Fish & Wildlife Area has many activities such as camping, boating, and fishing. In addition, the city celebrates the annual Saline County Fair in the month of July.
The closest airport to the city is the Williamson County Regional Airport.
Harrisburg Higher Education
John A. Logan College, University of Southern Indiana, and Southern Illinois University-Carbondale offer classes for higher education.