About Lanark


Lanark’s Rich History

D.W. Dame, who worked for the Racine and Mississippi railroad,was looking for a terminus for a depot/town and approached one Mr. Pitt. He owned land just to the east of Mr. Howell, ½ to 1 mile east of the present day Lanark. Mr. Pitt’s land was not to be chosen being he wanted too much money for the right-of-way for the railroad.
Col. Daniels owned 40 acres in 1861. Dame bought the 40 acres for $925.00 […] Read more…

Charles Cotta, entrepreneur/inventor – born and raised east of Lanark.  Cotta invented a feature on an automobile of his own construction and design. It had four wheel drive and four wheel steering […]  Read more…

Find comprehensive history of Lanark in the book “Sesquicentennial Lanark IL 1861-2011



See detailed information at Illinois DCEO Community Profile for Lanark
or City-Data.com.

 Location, Location, Location

Lanark is located in the Rock Creek/Lima Township in Carroll County Illinois

Travel distances:

  • 5 minutes south of Lake Carroll
  • 20 minutes east of the Mississippi River
  • 1 hour southwest of Rockford IL
  • 1.5 hours northeast of the Quad Cities
  • 2 hours west of Chicago IL

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