Albany, Illinois is a close-knit, small town. Known for being a quaint, beautiful, riverside community, the town works together to plan events throughout the year, including the Halloween Fest, City-Wide Garage Sales and the popular Miss Flame Festival. Ruhl&Ruhl Realtors has plenty of homes for sale in Albany, Illinois for you to choose from. Continue browsing this page to see all houses for sale and real estate options.
Albany is located south of Clinton, IA. View homes for sale in the Clinton area for more real estate options.
There are just under 900 people who live in Albany, Illinois, and the total town is just above one square mile in size. Despite the size, there is a village office and a volunteer fire department.
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The first settlers, the Slocums, came to Albany, Illinois right at the end of the Black Hawk War in 1832. At first, the settlement was called Port Newbury and then VanBuren.
The rest of the town’s history is tied very closely to the history of Camanche, Iowa. Across the river from Camanche, Albany benefited from the purchase of Iowa by the United States in 1832 at the conclusion of the war.
Since the new land in Iowa was open for development, settlers came to the area from the East and up the Mississippi. Among them were Edwin Corbin and David Mitchell who officially “opened” the town in 1835. The name Albany, Illinois became official in 1836.
For the next several years, Albany, Illinois like Camanche, was a center point for the new developing towns along the Mississippi as steamboats traveled up and down the river. It was a central hub for trade and commerce.
However, everything changed on June 3, 1860, when a devastating tornado destroyed the town of Camanche and continued its path to Albany. This event leveled both cities and caused many deaths. This affected the future growth of the area.
Albany’s rich history is documented by Helen Hanson in her book, Albany Echoes.
City-Wide Garage Sales: Every September, families sign up to host yard sales at their homes. In addition to the sales, local restaurants cater food and beverages.
Halloween Fest: Formerly known as the MASH party, this is an annual fundraiser held at the Volunteer Fire Department. Families dress up and bring their carved pumpkins to participate in contests.
Miss Flame Festival: One of the biggest events of the year, the Miss Flame festival is a multi-day event in August. It includes a 5k run and walk, kids’ tractor pulls, live music and fireworks over the Mississippi at dusk. There is also a pageant to crown Miss Spark and Miss Flame.