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December 8, 2017

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The township of Venice was settled by Americans as early as 1804.1 In 1841 the village was given the name Venice by Dr. Cornelius Campbell, who, along with Charles F. Stamps laid out and plotted the town.6 By 1880, Venice had a population of 612.2 Venice was officially incorporated February 5, 1897.3 In 1950, Venice reached the height of its population with 6,226 people.4 As of 2010 census, Venice has 1,890 residents.5

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

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1. History of Madison County, Illinois, Illustrated. With Biographical Sketches of many Prominent Men and Pioneers (Edwardsville: W. R. Brink and Company, 1882), 520.
2. Statistics of the Population of the United States at the Tenth Census (Washington: Government Printing Office, 1883), 139.
3. Flagg, James S., editor, Our 150 Years, 1812-1962. (Edwardsville: East 10 Publishing, 1962.), 61.
4. A Report of the Seventeenth Decennial Census of the United States, Census of Population: 1950, Volume I Number of Inhabitants (Washington: United States Government Printing Office, 1952), 13-31.
5. Illinois: 2010, Summary Population and Housing Characteristics, 2010 Census of Population and Housing (Washington: Bureau of the Census, 2012), 64.
6. Ibid., 522.
Cite this article: Nichol Allen, "Venice," Madison Historical: The Online Encyclopedia and Digital Archive for Madison County, Illinois, last modified February 26, 2018,
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