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Bill Walsh Automotive Group in Ogelsby, IL
About Ogelsby, IL
The Bill Walsh Auto Group stores are conveniently located near the small but thriving city of Ogelsby, Illinois. There are many ways you can get out and enjoy Ogelsby and we’ve included just a few below, as well as a brief history of this great city!



Oglesby was founded in 1865, which was the last year of the Civil War, but didn’t acquire that name for quite a while. The Kenosha Coal Company was brought to the town and the city grew from there, welcoming businesses from the cement industry as well. The city was called “Kenosha” up until 1913, when the name was officially changed to Oglesby. The name change took place thanks to Civil War Governor Richard James Oglesby.
The city grew from there into the thriving locale it is today. The Illinois River and the Vermilion River join near Oglesby and the city is full of natural resources. There’s also a large amount of limestone and coal that is exposed around the town. Not to mention, there are three cement mines and four coal mines in the city.

Illinois River
Illinois River as seen from Starved Rock By:RedWordSmith (Own work) [ CC BY-SA 3.0 ] , via Wikimedia Commons

Fun Fest

Every summer, Fun Fest is held in Ogelsby, with the festival occurring from July 6th to the 9th this year. This giant festival truly lives up to its name; it contains three days full of food, parades, kids’ activities, and music. If you want to take part in Fun Fest, you can leave comments or suggestions at City Hall or on the city’s Facebook page.
Starved Rock State Park
Starved Rock State Park By Daniel Schwen (Own work) [CC BY-SA 4.0], via Wikimedia Commons


Nature lovers will enjoy exploring Matthiessen State Park and Starved Rock State Park. Both of these beautiful sites can be found a couple miles east of State Route 178. In fact, Starved Rock is the most visited state park in Illinois.
Here at Bill Walsh Automotive, we have many reasons to love Ogelsby. It’s a small, quaint city but it proves its worth with its close-knit community. Get out and explore Ogelsby today!

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