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“Village of Volunteers”

Founded in 1856, Durand was named for H.S. Durand, the first president of the Western Union Railroad; the community celebrated their sesquicentennial in the summer of 2006.

Located in western Winnebago County, Durand provides a rural lifestyle that features a combination of agriculture and ag-related businesses with the charm and comfort of small-town living. Durand has an interesting history.

The village was home to Ellen Gates Starr, co-founder of Hull House, along with Jane Addams. In 1926, led by the efforts of Dr. Thomas Young, Durand became home to the first charter volunteer fire department in the State of Illinois.


The fire department now provides 24/7 paid emergency medical staff (paramedics) for the emergency health needs of the community. Durand area businesses offer a wide variety of services and conveniences, while maintaining the flavor of a rural village. Trips to the bank, post office, grocery store and gas stations are hassle-free and just minutes away in this low-traffic environment. The Durand School system provides quality education for local and area residents, enhanced by excellent fire and police protection. Nearby Lake Summerset is home to year-round and summer residents.

Contact Info:
P.O. Box 166, Durand, IL 61024
Phone: (815) 248-2606

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