Horseshoe Lake, 2016


December 15, 2017

Last modified: January 18, 2018

The region of Highland was first settled in large numbers by Swiss immigrants in 1831, who called the settlement New Switzerland. The town of Highland was platted in 1837, receiving the name from General Joseph Semple. Sempe, being of Scottish descent, named the town for the Scottish Highlands and the mountainous regions of Switzerland.1  By 1850, Highland had a population of 704 people.3 As of the 2010 census, the city of Highland has a population of 9,919.2

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

To access the city of Highland’s website, follow this link.

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1. Peggy Bellm, “History of Highland,” City of Highland. Retrieved Dec. 2017; W. T. Norton, ed., Centennial History of Madison County, Illinois, and Its People, 1812 to 1912. (Chicago: The Lewis Publishing Company, 1912), 529 – 530.
2. Illinois: 2010, Summary Population and Housing Characteristics, 2010 Census of Population and Housing (Washington: Bureau of the Census, 2012), 128.
3. The Seventh Census of the United States: 1850 (Washington: Robert Armstrong, 1853), 712.
Cite this article: Nichol Allen and Ben Ostermeier, "Highland," Madison Historical: The Online Encyclopedia and Digital Archive for Madison County, Illinois, last modified January 18, 2018,
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