“I am flabbergasted”
Living in Illinois from last 30 years I didn’t have the slightest inkling that there is a town named Golconda not far from Chicago.
Golconda is a city in and the county seat of Pope County, Illinois, United States, located along the Ohio River.
The city is named after the Golconda Fort in Hyderabad, India. Golconda was the first permanent settlement in Pope County in 1798, and a ferry point across the Ohio River that was sometimes called Lusk’s Ferry was established around that time. The town was named Sarahsville upon the organization of Pope County in 1816, but changed its name to Golconda on January 24, 1817, after the ancient city of Golconda in India.
Golconda, Hyderabad was the market of the diamond trade, and gems sold here came from a number of mines. During the Renaissance and the early modern eras, the name Golconda acquired a legendary aura and became synonymous for vast wealth. “This was the reason that some residents of this mining towns renamed it after Golconda.”
Even there is bank called National Bank Golconda on 229 E Main St Golconda, Illinois, 62938