NAME: Makanda
COUNTY: Jackson
CLIMATE: Icy winters and very humid summer peaks.
BEST TIME TO VISIT: Early and late summer.
COMMENTS: Semi-ghost
REMAINS: Some old homes and many businesses in the old boardwalk. Still some stores for tourists.
The original village of Makanda, first named "North Pass", began prospering in 1854 when Illinois Central Railroad built a station, two water tanks and a boarding house along Drury Creek, which still runs through the community.Makanda is located in southern Illinois in Jackson County about 7 miles south of Carbondale, 3 miles east of Cedar Lake and 5 miles west of Little Grassy Lake. The town is situated within the Shawnee National Forest boundaries but is also within a short drive of Giant City State Park, Crab Orchard Lake & NWR, Lake of Egypt and Trail of Tears State Forest. The population estimate for July 1, 1998 was 396, a decrease of 8 since 1990. This town is popular with hikers, hunters, photographers, and artists. Submitted by: Jared DuBach