According to TexasEscapes.com, Illinois Bend is considered a ghost town. There are people that do live there. I had never been to this town before until my husband took us for a little drive to see the windmill farm north of Muenster.
How did Illinois Bend get its name? From people from Illinois, of course. At one time in the late 1800’s there were about 300 people here with a number of gristmills and cotton gins. I met a man in Whitesboro who has some history of Illinois Bend but our time together was very limited. It is my hope that I can learn more from him and document that here. The old Illinois Bend school is now the community center. The photo below is of the church and tabernacle.
You will find Illinois Bend in Montague County along Farm Road 677 just south of the Red River.