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The City of Virden, Illinois is located approximately 25 miles South of the State Capitol of Springfield and is home to residents of both Sangamon and Macoupin County. Virden was first settled in 1829 and surveyed in 1852. It officially became a town on June 21, 1852. The City's first post office began serving the public in 1853.
The City of Virden was originally settled as an area of agriculture and named for John Virden, who owned a local hotel where farmers from the surrounding country would stop to spend the night on their trips from Springfield to Alton as they drove their livestock to market. From 1926 through 1930, America's "Mother Road" - the famous Route 66 - passed through the City.
The City of Virden owes much of its prosperity to mining, at one time being home to three operating mines. The first coal shaft was sunk in 1868 and the great coal beds that underlie much of the surface of Illinois were, and remain, an important factor in the continuing development of Virden.
Of historic significance, the Virden Mine Battle of October 12, 1898 occurred when a train bringing strike breakers was met by striking miners resulting in a battle in which seven miners and five coal company guards were killed and scores wounded. The Virden Mine Battle is still recognized as a landmark event in the history of the labor movement in the United States and October 12th was declared Miner’s Day as a result.
The City of Virden...proud of our past and hopeful of our bright future.
Miss Virden - Olivia Langheim, Daughter of Joe & Gayle Langheim
Little Miss Virden - Taylor Kiers, Daughter of Jason & Melissa Keirs
Little Mr. Virden - Jack Kallenbach, Son of Tony & Kelly Kallenbach
Linda Worlow, representing the VAAC, presenting the 2013 Citizen of the year award to Russ Boehl.
2013 Junior Citizen of the Year
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It’s never too early for Christmas Cheer!
Virden Country Christmas Parade
“CHRISTMAS AROUND THE WORLD”
Friday, December 6th 7:00pm
Santa will be collecting extra toys for children this year and he needs your help!
Please bring a new, unwrapped toy for Santa’s elves to collect and add to his sleigh as he appears in the final float
Also new this year: Pet entries!
Click on Note at left for details,
rules, and registration forms.
Questions? Call 217-691-4341
VACC to host city wide garage sale
The Virden Area Chamber of Commerce will host a city wide garage sale on Friday evening June 13 and again on Saturday, June 14. Saturday is the same day as the Route 66 car show on the square in Virden. Deadline to be included on the Garage Sale map will be Monday, May 26. No entries will be accepted after that date, so plan early to participate!
The VACC is picking up the cost for running your ad. Watch for the sign up forms to start appearing in area businesses soon or click on note at left to register online!
Return that form with your name, location, and a short description of the items you wish to sell. You may also register on line at the city's website: www.virdenonline.org All of the information will be included on 11 X 17 flyers mapping your sale's location. Each participant receives free flyers to distribute at their sale, directing customers to the next location. The more participants, the better, so make plans now to be a part of this annual VAAC event.