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Illinois Meteorites

Ten meteorites have been found in Illinois. The following information was taken mainly from the Catalogue of Meteorites (2000) edited by Monica Grady and published by The Natural History Museum of London and the Meteoritical Bulletin Database of the Meteoritical Society.

Map of Illinois meteorite finds and falls. (Courtesy of the Meteoritical Bulletin Database and Google Earth)

 

Meteorites are named after the place that they fell or were found.  Most of the meteorite names below correspond to small towns in Illinois. 

meteorite
name

mass
(kg)

fall or
find

type

class

group

fall or find
location

year

anecdote

Benld

1.77

fall

stone

ordinary chondrite

H6

Macoupin Co.

1938

One mass of 1770.5 g fell through a garage roof.

Bloomington

0.068

fall

stone

ordinary chondrite

LL6

McClean Co.

1938

Two interlocking fragments of total weight 67.8g were found the morning after they were thought to have fallen on the back porch a residence in Bloomington.

Elizabeth

0.732

find

iron

IAB

ungrouped

Jo Davies Co.

1950s

The specimen was purchased by an anonymous collector in August 2010 at an estate sale in Elizabeth, Illinois, with an assortment of other unrelated artifacts. The deceased original owner reportedly found it on his local farm in the 1950s.

Havana

?

find

iron

fine octahedrite

IIICD or IAB

Mason Co.

prehistoric

Two beads of meteoritic iron were found in a Native American mound.

Marengo

0.068

find

stone

ordinary chondrite

L6

McHenry Co.

1991

One stone of 68 g was found among rock piles on the side of a cultivated farm field.

Park Forest

18

fall

stone

ordinary chondrite

L5

Cook Co.

2003

A bright fireball was seen by numerous observers in parts of Illinois, Indiana, Wisconsin and Ohio around midnight of March 26, 2003. Numerous stones fell, mostly concentrated in the area of the village of Park Forest. At least two houses in Park Forest were struck, as was the Fire Station. Dozens of other stones or fragments of stones were recovered in the area in the hours and days following the fall. Total mass recovered is more than 18 kg, largest stone ~3 kg in possession of finder.

Saint Augustine

22

find

iron

?

IID

Knox Co.

1974

A 22 kg (49 lb) iron meteorite and a second mass that was subsequently lost were found by a farmer while he was digging fence-post holes.

Tilden

74.8

fall

stone

ordinary chondrite

L6

Randolph Co.

1927

Three stones fell, 110 lb (49.9 kg), 46 lb (20.9 kg), and 9 lb (4.1 kg).

Toulon

1.215

find

stone

ordinary chondrite

H5

Stark Co.

1962

Five fragments, which could be fitted together and totaling 1214.5g, were found on farmland.

Woodbine

48.2

find

iron

fine octahedrite

IAB

Jo Davies Co.

1953

One mass of 48.2 kg was discovered by a farmer while plowing.


The following object is listed in the Catalogue because it has been mentioned in the literature, but it has been shown to be a terrestrial rock, not be a real meteorite.

South Dixon

3.55

find

 

 

 

Lee Co.

1947

A mass of 3550g was found. The locality of the find is given as South Dixon, Illinois; this was not traced, but is probably a suburb of Dixon, Lee County. Gabbroic.

 

 

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Prepared by
: Randy L. Korotev
 
Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences
Washington University in St. Louis

Please don't contact me about the meteorite you think you've found until you read this and this.


e-mail
korotev@wustl.edu

Last revised: 6-Oct-2015