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The Village of Riverton has an interesting early history. Published sources provide very little detail to the complicated web of owners and residents of the community. The village’s origins go back to the days before its founding when a ferry crossing was located just south of Riverton on the Sangamon River. The earliest known proprietor of this ferry was Ezekiel Judd who in 1829 transferred the ferry license over to his brother Corbin. Corbin Judd operated the ferry for just a year before turning it over to John Judy. The operation was now known as Judy’s Ferry. Abraham Dingman succeeded Judy in 1833 and the Dingman family ran the ferry for several years after. The village of Howlett formed around the ferry operations.

The village was incorporated in August 1873 and the name changed from Howlett to Riverton. The population of the village in the late 1870s was composed of mostly coal miners of Irish descent.

From the 1870’s to the 1930’s, Riverton boomed with 3 operating coal mines.  The Villages population dipped with the closing of the mines but has steadily increased since then due to it’s close proximity to Springfield, the State capital. Present-day Riverton is a thriving municipality with a promising future. Controlled growth in both its residential and commercial sectors coupled with a progressive school system makes Riverton an excellent location to live and raise a family.

Info by: Chuck Stone. With thanks to the Sangamon County Historical Society.

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