Clay County Historical Society
Louisville, Illinois 62858
Where the Past is Always Present
We depend upon donations in order to continue operating
The first authentic Meskers to be certified 
by the Illinois Historical Preservation Agency (I H P A) are here .
  Please visit the 's link below for photos and a wealth of information at the "Got Mesker" Web site..
http://www.gotmesker.com/
http://www.flickr.com/photos/gotmesker/
Located just 25 miles south of Effingham, IL.   Louisville, is  the perfect get away that won't drain your gas tank. 

You can browse unique shops and enjoy the hospitality of our charming cafes then relax in a comfortable turn of the century setting! 

Be surrounded by a living town being revitalized by its restoration efforts. Many of Louisville's shops and residents still occupy the original buildings from the period of the town’s founding in 1859. 

See all that Louisville has to offer and take that short drive on Highway 45 and spend the day with us! 
Beautifuly painted George L. Mesker & Company column in Louisville, Illinois. There are several other buildings around the square with George L. Mesker  ornamentation.  
Beautifuly painted George L. Mesker & Company column in Louisville, Illinois. There are several other buildings around the square with George L. Mesker  ornamentation.  
Beautifuly painted George L. Mesker & Company column in Louisville, Illinois. There are several other buildings around the square with George L. Mesker  ornamentation.  
Clay County Historical Society Jail and Museum
                                           105 S. Main St.
                                  Louisville, Illinois 62858













Hours: Open by appointment

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On the east side of the square in Louisville, the Clay County Museum occupies the former Clay County Jail  and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.  It is open to groups or individuals by appointment by calling Tim Jones at  314 570 1348. 
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You're going to love this.
 Check this site out it's enjoyable for those of you that may be old enough to remember!! For those of you that don't are not old enough, just sit back and enjoy what we older folks enjoyed. 

Someone did an awesome job putting this together and with sound to boot. At the very end of the video you'll hear the song ' Thunder Road ' sung by the star of the movie for which it was the theme!   Not uncommon except this is the one and only song ever recorded for publication, sung by Robert Mitchum!! click below :
http://cruzintheavenue.com/CarsWeDrove.htm 

Cars We Drove

Members please send your suggestions for future additions to this website.  Ideas for local historial audio and or video you would like to see.


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