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Mound City is a city located along the Ohio River in Pulaski County, Illinois, United States. As of the 2010 census, the city population was 588. It is the county seat of Pulaski County.HistoryMound City was incorporated in 1857 as a union of two cities: Mound City, founded by Major General Moses Marshal Rawlings, and Emporium City, a project of the Emporium Real Estate and Manufacturing Company, a group of Cincinnati and Cairo businessmen. The city took its name from a Native American mound on which guests at General Rawlings' hotel would sleep in summer, as the breezes cooled them and dispersed the mosquitoes.The USS Cairo was built in 1861 by James Eads and Co. of Mound City, under contract to the War Department. She was commissioned as part of the Union Army's Western Gunboat Flotilla, U.S. Navy Lieutenant James M. Prichett in command. She was a City-class ironclad gunboat constructed for the Union Navy during the American Civil War. She was the lead ship of the City-class gunboats, sometimes also called the Cairo class, and was named for Cairo, Illinois.GeographyMound City is located at .According to the 2010 census, Mound City has a total area of 0.729sqmi, of which 0.67sqmi is land and 0.059sqmi is water. The majority of the Native American mounds for which the city was named have been destroyed by development and farming.Demographics2010 censusAs of the census of 2010, there were 588 people and 270 households. The racial makeup of the city was 44.39% White, 53.4% African American, a single Asian, three individuals from other races, and eight individuals from two or more races. There were nine people who were Hispanic or Latino of any race.Mound City is in Illinois (IL). Plan your tour of Mound City and United States travel itinerary using our United States trip itinerary builder website .
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