About Us

Towanda, Illinois is located in McLean County in central Illinois - at exit 171 along Interstate Route 55, a few miles northeast of the twin cities of Bloomington/Normal. It was founded on May 5, 1875 and in 2010 had a population of 480.

The village serves rural residents in Towanda and Money Creek Townships, which include nearby Lamplighter, Walnut Grove, and Indian Creek subdivisions.

Close to everything, and far enough to leave it all behind.

— Every resident, probably
  • A beautifully maintained section of the Mother Road, Rt. 66
  • Immediate access to Interstate 55
  • Centrally located between Chicago & St. Louis
  • Multiple parks and a well-stocked lake
  • Excellent schools in town & nearby
  • Not a single traffic signal
  • So much corn...

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Towanda History
Our humble beginnings

The first settlers arrived in 1822 in what are now Towanda and Money Creek Townships in McLean County in central Illinois... and we're still here all these years later!

Bits of our history cataloged by the Towanda District Library & the Towanda Area Historical Society

Route 66
Our slice of asphalt history

Started in 1926, and stretching to California, check out our piece of this motoring legend with a bike path, linear park and a yearly celebration for our part of The Mother Road

On Wikipedia
Anyone can edit it!

Almost as interesting as the facts on this page are the interesting edits folks make about us.

It only mentions one notable person from Towanda, but anyone who lives here might dispute that.

Towanda Unit 5 School
The Fightin' Bulldogs

Located on the southeast corner of the village and serving Kindergarten through 5th grade students. "Unit 5 will educate each student to achieve personal excellence."