Mount Carmel is the county seat of Wabash County, Illinois. As of the 2000 census, the city had a total population of 7,982, an order of magnitude greater than that of the next largest town in Wabash County, Allendale, Illinois. The city sits on the western bank of the mighty Wabash River, and is neighbored by a small community informally known as East Mount Carmel, IN. Birthplace of Brace Beemer, the voice of The Lone Ranger. Birthplace of Don Liddle, pitcher for the New York Giants from 1952 to 1954, who pitched the decisive fourth game of the '54 World Series.
The city was featured in Ripley's Believe it or Not for its once multi-colored bridge, painted white and black on the Illinois and Indiana sides of the state line, respectively. The bridge, now green, leads Indiana Highway 64, connecting Mount Carmel to Princeton, Indiana, home of a new Toyota factory that produces their Tundra line of trucks. A coal mine in neighboring Keensburg, Illinois also employs a fair number of Mount Carmel residents. However, Wabash County unemployment rate was, in 2003, was a rather high 8.3%. That number predates the loss of some 270 good paying jobs from the closing of a Snap-On Tools factory that had been in operation since 1937. The economic future of the town is far from certain.
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South Elementary SchoolElementary schools in Wabash CUSD 348.
Wabash General HospitalGeneral information and history, services, news, staff, employment opportunities and links.