Introduction to Olney, Illinois
Olney was founded in 1841 and today is famous for its population of white squirrels. It is said that in 1902 William Stroup found two white squirrels while he was hunting and captured them so he could bring them home. When the state legislature passed a law prohibiting captivity of wild animals, the albino squirrels were released into the wild, and the population of white squirrels in Olney has since been a source of pride for its people. The Olney police department has the symbol of white squirrel on its badge, while the squirrels have the right of way on the town’s streets.
Olney and nearby Attractions
- Olney City Park
- Bird Haven
- Jasper County Museum
- Red Hills State Park
- Old Cathedral Library & Museum
- Miller's Grove
Things To Do In Olney
The Arcadia Theater is a popular local cultural spot. The Alvin Musgrove Park has large playgrounds, basketball courts and a soccer field, all of which are a part of the Wenonah Musgrove Recreation Area. Visitors can enjoy squirrel watching at Miller's Grove. The Richmond County Fair is a popular local festival. Nearby museums include the William H. Harrison Museum, the Wabash County Museum and the Old Cathedral Library & Museum. East Fork Lake, Borah Lake and Vernor Lake are all located nearby as well.
Evansville Regional Airport is nearby.
Olney Higher Education
Illinois Eastern Community College-Olney Central College is the local institution of higher education. Others nearby include Vincennes University, Frontier Community College, Oakland City University and Lake Land College.