Tuesday, May 3, 2022

Lost Towns of Illinois - Challacombe, Illinois.

Challacombe, Illinois, was established on June 3, 1887, and disbanded on January 19, 1909. It is now a part of Medora, IL. Challacombe was located in Section 20 of Chesterfield Township in Macoupin County.
We're here! Welcome to Challacombe, Illinois.


Nicholas Challacombe, who came here from Devonshire, England, in 1840, settled on section 21 (the "Mound") homestead. He became a prominent farmer and stock raiser. Nicholas Challacombe and his wife Nancy G. Carson, eldest daughter of Harvey Challacombe, were newly married. The small area of the Mound was generally known as Challacombe.

Challacombe was established with the building of the St. Louis, Chicago, and St. Paul Railroad Line. All that is left is an intersection, Challacombe Road & South Alton Way Road, with a single house, two grain silos, and farmland. 

Unless you have an old road map, there is no way to know if you're in Challacombe, Illinois, or not.

Compiled by Dr. Neil Gale, Ph.D.

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