Meteorites found locally
Four meteorites were reported found in northwest Illinois since the 1950s according to The Meteoritical Society, an international society for meteoritics and planetary science.
Woodbine: A meteorite weighing 48,200 grams was found in the spring of 1953 by a farmer while plowing two miles west of Woodbine in Jo Daviess County. It is in the U.S. National Museum in Washington D.C.
Marengo: A 68-gram stone was found among rock piles on the side of a cultivated farm field in Marengo, McHenry County, by James A. Wotal and his son, Alex, in 1991.
Elizabeth: This 732-gram meteorite was found in the 1950s by a farmer in this town in Jo Daviess County. It was purchased by an anonymous collector in August 2010 at an estate sale. A total of 31.5 grams of material is in possession of the Planetary Science Foundation at Harper College in Palatine. The rest remains with the owner.
Dixon: A 3,550-gram meteorite was found near Dixon in Lee County in 1947.