By now, I'm sure you've heard (or experienced) the 5.6 earthquake in the Midwest. When it came on my news this morning, the reporters indicated it was centered near "West Salem, IL".
I had never heard of "West Salem", but for most of my life my grandparents (my mother's parents) lived in Salem, IL. I found myself wondering if there was a town right next to Salem... or if perhaps "West Salem, IL"... was really "West" of Salem, IL.
I called my mom as I was driving to work. She had felt the quake (it was strong enough to wake her in the middle of the night). She had heard that it was "near" the Indiana/Illinois border.
So I decided to make a map. Here it is:
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Click on the Blue markers for descriptions. You can zoom in and out and scroll the map by click-and dragging.
It turns out that "West Salem, IL"... is EAST of Salem, IL! huh? It also doesn't appear to be anywhere near another Salem, I'm familiar with... Salem, Indiana. So why the heck is the town named "West Salem"?