Herrin, Illinois

Herrin War MemorialHerrin is in WIlliamson County, IL, and was incorporated in 1900. Herrin was a coal mining community, one of many in Southern Illinois in that era. The coal mining industry declined greatly starting in the 1970s, but Herrin maintains a busy main street upon which one will find many businesses thaat still bear the names of the Italian founders over 100 years ago.

There were many Cuggionesi that settled in Herrin and the little town still has a very deep Italian culture. The local library has some materials about the Italians of the area, and the librarians are very helpful. The cemetery is on the north side of town, and the names on the stones are familiar to anyone with Cuggiono roots. Herrin has an Italian celebration every Memorial Day weekend called Herrinfesta. One of Herrin's War Memorials is shown at the right.

The Catholic Church in Herrin is Our Lady of Mt. Carmel, and the cemetery contains many deceased with names that anyone with a connection to Cuggiono will recognize.