Petersburg 1Petersburg is a city in as well as the county seat of Menard County, in the U.S. state of Illinois. Home to a population of about 2,200 residents, Petersburg is a small county seat but a county seat nonetheless. It was first founded in the early 1830’s and Abraham Lincoln – the 16th president of the United States, no less – was the man who plotted the initial town back in 1833. Petersburg grew into a small shipping hub in the region and a producer of agricultural products. Over time farming resulted in the silting of the Sangamon River near Petersburg, rendering it impassible for most commercial ships. This led to the decline of shipping trade, which has hurt the city in recent years, if only a little bit.

Basic Facts About Petersburg

  • Current population: 2,200
  • Current mayor: John Stiltz
  • Total area: 1.46 sq mi
  • Official website:
  • Located in: Menard County
  • Founded in: 1833
  • Zip codes: 62675
  • Area codes: 217

Auto Transport Tips to and from Petersburg

Petersburg is a small city – much smaller than what auto transport companies like running their routes through. This can be problematic; though it sits in the Springfield, Illinois Metropolitan Statistical Area, Petersburg is well removed from Springfield, about twenty miles or so by road. While this may not be that long of a drive for most people, carriers running routes through the Springfield area likely can’t take a lot of time out to get to areas not on their established routes. You might be able to save some money and might also save some time on your pickup or delivery window by moving your pickup or delivery location to Springfield, or somewhere else the carrier may want to meet you.

One of the problems that carriers have is the fact that Petersburg doesn’t sit near any major interstates. Well, that’s not quite true; I-55 does run north-south a bit east of the city, but for all intents and purposes the only way into or out of Petersburg is via state highways, and that’s something that auto shippers don’t necessarily want to deal with. While many of them will run routes into Petersburg if the price is right, you will likely save money switching your pickup or delivery to Petersburg for this reason as well.

If you’re interested in shipping your vehicle, make sure to fill out our free online auto transport quote request form. It’s completely free, takes only a minute of your time, and gets you quotes from some of the best auto transport companies in the industry today. Once you get your quotes you can compare prices and services of those different shippers to find the one that fits you best. You can also discuss your shipment with one of their live agents right over the phone. If you have further questions about our services or if you need some help getting your free quotes, give us a call toll-free at 800-930-7417 to speak to a representative today.

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