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Originally from Eastern Kentucky, William Hinch is considered the first American to make a home within the boundaries of Alhambra Township.1 The village of Alhambra was laid out by Dr. Louis Sheppard in 1850,5 and was incorporated April 5, 1884.2 By 1870 it had a population of 101.3 The villages of Greencastle and Alhambra were united and incorporated on April 5, 1884.4 As of the 2010 census, the Village of Alhambra has 681 residents.6

Alhambra in 2017
From the Maps & Plats GIS Division of the Madison County Chief County Assessment Office

To access the village of Alhambra’s website, follow this link.

Endnotes   [ + ]

1. History of Madison County, Illinois, Illustrated. With Biographical Sketches of many Prominent Men and Pioneers (Edwardsville: W. R. Brink and Company, 1882), 550.
2. Flagg, James S., editor, Our 150 Years, 1812-1962. (Edwardsville: East 10 Publishing, 1962.), 61.
3. Francis A. Walker, compiler, Ninth Census – Volume 3: The Statistics of the Wealth and Industry of the United States (Washington: Government Printing Office, 1872), 115.
4. Alhambra History.” Web. Accessed Nov. 2017.
5. Ibid., 553.
6. Illinois: 2010, Summary Population and Housing Characteristics, 2010 Census of Population and Housing (Washington: Bureau of the Census, 2012), 62.
Cite this article: Nichol Allen, "Alhambra," Madison Historical: The Online Encyclopedia and Digital Archive for Madison County, Illinois, last modified January 23, 2019,
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