In 1839, a commission was appointed by the state of Illinois to locate and plot out a new county seat for Williamson County, Illinois. This commission eventually chose a 20 acre tract of land in the center of Williamson County and plotted out the city of Marion, Illinois. The commissioners named the city in honor of General Francis “Swamp Fox” Marion, an American Revolutionary war hero. After its founding, Marion was incorporated two years later in 1841. According to the U.S. 2010 Census, Marion has a population just over 17,000 residents. It is located at the intersection of Interstate 57 and State Route 13 giving the city a very strategic and central location between some large metropolitan centers such as Nashville, St. Louis, and Louisville, Kentucky.
In order to take advantage of the city’s location, developers have tried to make Marion into a shopping and entertainment destination. The city is home to numerous attractions including the Illinois Star Centre Mall which has over 60 shops and restaurants. Downtown Marion has many unique dining venues and historic buildings that add to the city’s charm. The city is also proud of its professional baseball team, the Southern Illinois Miners and the Marion Kokopelli Golf Club, which has received national attention as a high quality, affordably-priced golf facility.