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Wilmington is a city in Will County, Illinois, United States. The population was 5,134 at the 2000 census.HistoryThomas Cox purchased land near Alden's Island in 1834 and built a sawmill, corn cracker, gristmill, and a carding machine.Wilmington was founded by Thomas Cox. It later became famous as a stop on U.S. Route 66, which followed the route of modern-day Illinois Route 53. The only rest-inn in the town is called "Van Duyne's" and is situated right on old Route 66. A notable attraction for travelers along this route is the "Gemini Giant" Muffler Man type statue located next to the former Launching Pad fast food restaurant. The town is also home to the historic Eagle Hotel.A bus-station scene from Planes, Trains & Automobiles was filmed in Wilmington. The bus station was demolished in 2011.GeographyWilmington is located at. It is located on the banks of the Kankakee River, approximately 50mi southwest of Chicago and 15mi south of Joliet.One of Wilmington's most notable geographical features is a large island in the Kankakee River, much of which is occupied by a city park. This island divides the river into a large channel and a smaller one which was used as a natural mill race during the early years of the city. The island is the source of the city's nickname, "The Island City."
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