Introduction to Effingham, Illinois
Effingham was named after Edward Effingham, who was a general in the British Army but resigned because he did not want to fight a war against the colonies. The city was once a noted railway junction as the Illinois Central Railroad and Pennsylvania Railroad crossed in downtown Effingham. The area was the site of a disaster in 1949, when St. Anthony’ hospital caught fire, killing 70 people.
Effingham and nearby Attractions
- Eagle Creek
- Wolf Creek State Parks
- Anthony Acres Resort
- Effingham Country Club
- Cardinal Golf Course
- Lake Sara
Things To Do In Effingham
Effingham provides excellent opportunities for recreation with its scenic lakes and golf courses. Lake Sara has 27 miles of wooded shoreline with facilities for fishing, waterskiing, swimming, camping and motor boating. The Anthony Acres Resort offers a private beach, picnic tables, private decks and grills, a boat launch ramp, bonfire pit, basketball court, playground, shuffle board court and more. Further, there are both 18 and 9 hole golf courses in the vicinity. The city also offers suitable dining and shopping opportunities.
Coles County Memorial Airport provides air transportation facilities.
Opportunities for higher education are available at Lake Land College, Eastern Illinois University and Millikin University.