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Wyoming is a city in Stark County, Illinois, United States. The population was 1,429 at the 2010 census, up from 1,424 at the 2000 census. It is the headquarters of the Rock Island Trail State Park. Wyoming is part of the Peoria, Illinois Metropolitan Statistical Area. The former CB&Q Railroad depot in town is the Rock Island Trail State Park's headquarters.HistoryThe city of Wyoming, Illinois was founded on May 3, 1836 by General Samuel Thomas who was a veteran of the War of 1812. General Thomas was born in 1787 and died in 1879. He is buried in the Wyoming City Cemetery where a plaque below his stone denotes that he was the founder and benefactor of the town of Wyoming IL. The main city park in Wyoming is Thomas Park and there is also a Thomas street in honor of General Thomas. Samuel Thomas as well as many of the other early settlers came from the state of Pennsylvania. It is for the Wyoming Valley in Pennsylvania that the city is named.Wyoming is located in Stark County Illinois. Stark County is in the central portion of the state and it is rural consisting mostly of farm land. Stark County was established on March 2, 1839 and named for John Stark a soldier of the French and Indian wars and a Major General of the Revolution serving with great distinction at Bunker Hill, Trenton, Princeton, and Bennington.Wyoming is the largest town in Stark County with 1424 people as of the 2000 census. The other principal villages are Toulon, Bradford, Lafayette, Castleton, Camp Grove, West Jersey, Duncan, Stark, Speer, Milo, Elmira, Osceola, and Modena. Toulon is the county seat where the historic courthouse sits.
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