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Carbondale History

The city of Carbondale, Il. was laid out on November 24, 1852. Daniel Brush was the founder of Carbondale. The first election held in Carbondale was in 1856, and Brush was Clerk of the Election Board. He was also a railway station agent, helped start Carbondale College, was a bank cashier, a lawyer and County Clerk in 1843.

Daniel Brush

     In 1852, Daniel Brush , Asgill Conner, & 
Dr. William Richart, bought  360 acres of land along the right of way for the Illinois Central  Railroad between DeSoto & Makanda, in order to establish the town of Carbondale. The name Carbondale was selected because coal is carbon.

This brick structure replaced the wooden general store erected by Daniel Brush in 1852. It was considered stylistically modern because it was built around an interior court, which furnished light and ventilation to both floors. It was owned by Harriet Brush, daughter-in-law of Daniel Brush

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last updated: 01/15/08