Channahon is a village located in Will County, Illinois. As of the 2000 census, the village had a total population of 7,344.
Its name meaning "Meeting of the Waters" in the language of the area's original Potawatomi inhabitants, Channahon is located at the confluence of the Des Plaines and Kankakee rivers, where they form the Illinois River. The Illinois and Michigan Canal (including several locks) runs through most of the village, where it is fed by the water of the DuPage River. Later in the 19th century, the Santa Fe Railroad was laid through the eastern portions of the city. In the late 1920s, U.S. Highway 6 came through Channahon; Interstates 80 and 55 followed in the 1960s (although I-80 runs approximately two miles to the north of the village limits).
Its abundance of transportation links makes its historically small size somewhat of a puzzle. One possible explanation is that, although the area has been settled by whites since the 1830s, the village did not formally incorporate until 1897, and disincorporated fifteen years later (to avoid liability in an early automobile accident). It did not reincorporate until 1963. While Channahon has a concentration of businesses along US6, it has no real downtown, and throughout the first three quarters of the 20th century it was primarily a working-class bedroom community for neighboring Joliet.
Serious development finally began in the 1970s, as the village's proximity to two trunk line interstates and white flight from Joliet resulted in both industrial growth (a Mobil oil refinery, two petrochemicals plants, a gigantic soybean oil production facility, and numerous support businesses for the freight hauling industry) and residential development. The village also saw an influx of population from eastern Kentucky in the wake of the closure of many of that area's coal mines. Beginning in the 1990s, development in Channahon took on a more middle-class bent, with subdivisions sprouting in the former gravel quarrying and dairy farming areas near the I&M Canal in the village's western areas, and a widely acclaimed public golf course opening in the hilly southeastern area of the village near I-55. A major natural gas pipeline to the Chicago area from Canada had its southern terminus built in Channahon in 2000, bringing even more jobs and desperately needed tax revenue (Channahonians are noted for their aversion to taxation) to the now fast-growing village.
Web Sites and Links
Channahon Fire Protection DistrictChannahon Fire Protection District proudly protects 10,000 people living in an area of 35 square miles. We operate out of 2 stations that protect a primarily residential area. Our department is a public department whose members are on a combination of paid and volunteer status.
Channahon School District 17Features athletics, events calendar, handbook, lunch menu, school closings, and services for parents, teachers and students of member schools.
Channahon United Methodist ChurchLocated in the heart of Channahon, Illinois, this friendly and welcoming congregation is dedicated to meeting the needs of local families.
State Park, I&M Canal State Trail Canoe AccessThough the I & M Canal has not been used for over 60 years, portions of the canal still contain water and are canoeable. Your historic canoe trip down the I & M Canal may start at Channahon State Park, McKinley Woods, or the Aux Sable Access, and end at Gebhard Woods.
Village of ChannahonMunicipal information about local government, schools, churches and businesses.