Horseshoe Lake, 2016


December 15, 2017

Last modified: January 25, 2018

In 1917, the Roxana Petroleum Company, later Shell Oil, built the Wood River Refinery south of the village of Wood River.1 The community that formed around the refinery was incorporated as the village of Roxana on April 7, 1921.4. By 1930, the village of Roxana had a population of 1,139.2 As of the 2010 census, Roxana has a population of 1,542.3

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

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

Endnotes   [ + ]

1. Wood River Refinery History Museum, “February 2017 Issue of “100 Years at the Wood River Refinery,” Madison Historical, accessed January 26, 2018.
2. Fifteenth Census of the United States: 1930, Population Volume I (Washington: Government Printing Office, 1931), 303.
3. Illinois: 2010, Summary Population and Housing Characteristics, 2010 Census of Population and Housing (Washington: Bureau of the Census, 2012), 146.
4. Flagg, James S., editor, Our 150 Years, 1812-1962. (Edwardsville: East 10 Publishing, 1962.), 61.
Cite this article: Ben Ostermeier, "Roxana," Madison Historical: The Online Encyclopedia and Digital Archive for Madison County, Illinois, last modified January 25, 2018,
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