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Pontoon Beach

December 15, 2017

Last modified: January 22, 2018

Pontoon Beach was incorporated following an election held December 8, 1962. Its name refers to the lakefront of Long Lake, which supposedly once had a sandy beach.1 In 1970, it had a population of 2,448 people.2 As of the 2010 census, the village of Pontoon Beach has a population of 5,836.3

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

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1. “Origins and Incorporation of Pontoon Beach,” Six Miles of Local History, accessed January 22, 2018.
2. 1970 Census of Population Advance Report: Illinois (Washington: Bureau of the Census, 1971), 16.
3. Illinois: 2010, Summary Population and Housing Characteristics, 2010 Census of Population and Housing (Washington: Bureau of the Census, 2012), 144.
Cite this article: Ben Ostermeier and Nichol Allen, "Pontoon Beach," Madison Historical: The Online Encyclopedia and Digital Archive for Madison County, Illinois, last modified January 22, 2018,
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