The town is located 12 miles south of Marshall on Route 1 ,with friendly people and a gas/grocery station,4 churches, 3 restaurants, library, beautiful park, 2 hair salons, welding shop, camper sales, funeral home and ambulance service. It would be a nice place to open a small business.
The first settlers traveled from Vincennes, In. up the Wabash in 1814 and settled along the river at York and Darwin There was a fertile area between the hills and the river bottom north and west of York called Union Prairie. Over the years the name West Union evolved.
Thomas Handy, son of John Handy, who settled where West Union stands, is said to be the first white child born in Clark County. Fort Handy was located near the present West Union Park. John, Stephen, and Denton Handy are all buried in the Handy cemetery located on the Shawler property east a short distance from the edge of town.
There is much more history of our area in the local West Union Library.
York Township consists of the villages of West York along the Wabash River, West Union, and Walnut Prairie. The township meetings are held, at 7:00 P.M the last Friday of each month at the West Union Community Building unless stated publicly at lease 10 days ahead of time. The meetings are open to the public and anyone may come.
Supervisor- Karen Young, Phone (217) 279-3844
Road Commissioner – Donald Kendall, 279-3547
Township clerk – Denise Cox, 279-3861
Trustee – Bradley Daugherty, 279-3370
Trustee – Kip Hollowell, 279-3755
Trustee – Gary Richards, 279-3624
Trustee – Cody Ogle