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Red Bud is a city in Randolph County, Illinois, in the United States. The population was 3,698 at the 2010 census.It is the home of the Red Bud campus of Southwestern Illinois College.GeographyRed Bud is located at.According to the 2010 census, Red Bud has a total area of 2.453sqmi, of which 2.43sqmi (or 99.06%) is land and 0.023sqmi (or 0.94%) is water.Red Bud lies in the northwestern part of Randolph County and is bounded on the north and west by Monroe County, on the east by the Kaskaskia River, and on the south by Ruma and Horse creeks. Originally it was two-thirds rich rolling prairie, with good timber bordering the Kaskaskia.HistoryThe city receives its name from the redbud tree, a species of flora that grows in the area. The first development by a European settler within what is now the city limits was made by Preston Brickey in 1820. He constructed a log cabin near the current intersection of Main and Power streets, and there cultivated a farm. In 1839, James Pollock placed a small stock of goods in the log cabin built by Henry Simmons, where he did business for about a year. This was located where Lutheran cemetery now exists. The next year he moved his stock of goods into a log building erected by John C. Crozier. He continued the business there about three years, when he moved to Preston. In 1840, R.D. Dufree became the first permanent merchant in Red Bud. Two years later he built a frame store house on the southeast corner of Main and Market streets. The first brick school house was erected in 1854, in the east part of town.Red Bud is in Illinois (IL). Plan your trip to Red Bud and other United States destinations using our handy United States vacation planner.
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