Introduction to Danville, Illinois
The area now known as Danville was founded in 1827. Guy W. Smith donated 60 acres of land and Dan W. Beckwith donated 20 acres of the land on which this city was established. In fact, following Smith's suggestions, the area was named after Beckwith. The first post office was established in the house of a prominent Danville citizen, named Amos Williams, in May 1827. Between 1850 and 1940 Danville became one of the major coal mining areas of United States.
Danville and nearby Attractions
- Kennekuk Cove County Park
- Museum of Vermilion County
- Kickapoo State Recreation Area
- Rockome Gardens
- Staerkel Planetarium
Things To Do In Danville
Danville offers a number of parks and playgrounds including Cannon Park, Douglas Park, Carver Park, Espensheid Park, Elmwood Park, Liberty Park, Winterview Park, Garfield Park, Ellsworth Park, and Meade Park. The Kickapoo State Recreation Area offers fishing and other recreation opportunities for its residents and visitors. The Holiday Square Shopping Center and Village Mall Shopping Center are also worth visiting.
Air transportation is available from University of Illinois - Willard Airport.
Danville Higher Education
Higher educational facilities are provided by Danville Area Community College, University of Illinois at Urbana - Champaign, Indiana State University, and Parkland College.