If you look at a map of the State of Illinois, along its western border, there is a very noticeable bulge that extends west from the center of the state. The geographical region that makes up this bulge is called Forgottonia, and the principal city and cultural center of Forgottonia is the city of Quincy, Illinois. Quincy was once the second largest city in Illinois, a major transportation hub, and has a very colorful history that was shaped by such things as the Mormon Exodus to Utah, the Civil War, and the Mississippi River.
Today, Quincy is the county seat of Adams County, Illinois and home to nearly 41,000 people. In recent years, the city has received various honors for being a great place to live. On two separate occasions in the 1980’s, Quincy was recognized as an All American city. It is a regular participant in the Tree City USA initiative sponsored by the National Arbor Day Foundation which raises awareness about tree care programs. And finally, in 2010, Quincy was named as the eighth best small city to raise a family by Forbes Magazine.