What Makes Marshall, Illinois Special?

If you live in Marshall, Illinois, you probably have an opinion on what makes it the place you and your family choose to call home. Maybe you’ve lived here your whole life. Maybe your family has even lived here for generations. But even if this is the only place you’ve ever called home, you choose to stay.


America, in fact, the world, is a big place. You could live anywhere, but you chose this lovely, sometimes sleepy, wonderful little town. As other people move into Marshall or come to visit for one of our fun events, to eat in our restaurants, play in our parks, we want them to know what’s unique about our town.


Sure, we have the Guinness Book’s World’s Record for the largest Gavel in the world. It’s fun to take pictures with it, and the tourists get a kick out of it. And we have a rich history, including the fact that Abraham Lincoln himself once tried a case in our courthouse.


We’re the county seat of Clark County, incorporated on May 14, 1873, and named after John Marshall, former chief justice of the U.S. Supreme Court. We’re a small town with less than 4,000 permanent residents, but we have a big heart. The town slogan on our website says, Small Town Charm with Modern Sophistication. That sounds about right, doesn’t it? Just because you’re small doesn’t mean you can’t think big. And just because we love it here, it doesn’t mean things can’t get even better. Every town has room to grow and improve, just like the people who live there.


Being only 20 miles from Terre Haute, Indiana, is one reason we attract tourists. People come from miles around for our big Fall Festival and some of our other smaller events, even sit by the bandstand and watch our town band on Friday nights in the summer. Indeed, they come to enjoy our fantastic parks for swimming, boating, hiking, camping, and fishing. But the main reason people come here is that in Marshall Illinois, we know how to attract visitors. Great food, unique stores, and antiques for shopping, special events, and outdoor activities bring people to our town.


Some of them see what small-town living is like and choose to make a move to Marshall after spending some time here. We welcome them. When you pick a town like Marshall to move to, you’re not just moving to a place; you’re moving to a true community and joining a family.


Community Survey

But we want to know more from you, the folks who already live here, about why you love it here, and not just all the good stuff.

  • What can be improved?
  • What is already great but can be even better?
  • What activities would you like to see?
  • What can we do to make the schools better?
  • What can we do to make life in Marshall even greater?


To get those answers, we’re asking you to fill out a survey about our town. It will take you a few minutes, but we need your input.

Use the link below to fill out the survey. We want to hear from you, and we appreciate your support in doing this.

Survey here


Don’t be afraid to share your ideas and voice your opinions, even if things you think need drastic improvement. But tell us what you love too. What would you like to see more of, and what makes you proud and happy to live here?

This town belongs to all of us: our parents, children, teachers, store and restaurant owners, civil servants, and businesses. The more we work together for the common good, the better it is for everyone, and our lives will be better for it.

Remember that you are part of a family. When you live in a small town, you sometimes have to agree to disagree, put differences aside, and work together. We can always be better as a town and as people as great as we are. After all, a town isn’t buildings, stores, and houses; it’s people working together, living side by side, and support for one another.


We look forward to getting your surveys and hearing from lots of you about our town of Marshall, Illinois.

A small town with a big heart!