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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 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.
Wednesday & Thursday,
Oct 30th & 31st
Halloween Event Downtown Virden
“Mom Prom” Fund raiser event hosted by Elizabeth Ann Seton Program at the Magnuson Hotel in Calrlinville.
(For info call 217-
11:00 AM to
2:00 PM -
Annual Fried Chicken Dinner at Virden Knights of Columbus Hall
Miss Virden -
Daughter of Joe & Gayle Langheim
Little Miss Virden -
Daughter of Jason & Melissa Keirs
Little Mr. Virden -
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
<<Click for Registration & Details
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-
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