Quillsville (Queen of the Willis)

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Quillsville, Indiana
—  Consolidated city-county  —
City of Quillsville and Quill County, Indiana


Nickname(s): Feather City (official) more ...

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Counties Quill, Boone, Hendricks, Marion, Johnson, Shelby
Incorporated December 18, 1819
Named for Franklin Quill
 • Type Mayor–council
 • Body Quillsville-Quill County Council
 • Mayor Nicole Pence (R)
Population (2010)
 • Total 299,451
 • Estimate (2019) 312,717
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 • Demonym Quillsvillian
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Time zone EST (UTC−5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC−4)
ZIP Codes 460xx, 462xx (P.O. Boxes)
Major Airports Dan Quayle Intercontentntal Airport (QIN)
Interstates see article
U.S. Routes see article
State Roads see article

Quillsville, often shortened to Q-Ville, is the fictionalised fifth populous city of thestate of Indiana and the seat of Quill County, where the animated sitcom Queen of the Willis is set. Quillsville is knwon as sixth most populous city in the Indiana (behind Port Melissa, Indinapolis, Fort Wayne, Gary, and Michiana Falls). Quillsville was founded by land speculators in 1819, and is named after Franklin Quill. The Willis Family, the Kendall Family (previously Tiffani Donovan), the Rose Family, Kathi and Karly Jameson, Alisan Porter, and previously, the Abhrams family, and Anna Pamhouser live on Evansville Road, with the Willis Family residing at 6328 West Evansville Road.


According to Mayor Lee Kelso in "", the town was founded by Franklin Quill. He was a sailor on the colony of Lake Michigan boat and was thrown overboard for "speaking his mind" (non-stop). According to legend, a magical feather rescued him and brought him ashore, sharing the same vision as Quill: founding a new town named Quillsville. The feather later left Quill, because Quill contemplated killing him. Quill never spoke again, and later died of a combination of tuberculosis and a tomahawk to the head and at last the feather came back to find Quill shoved in a pickle barrel. These events are celebrated every year as "FeatherStock".

Possible real-world locations[edit]

Ava Zinn, the show's primary creator, had been a near-lifelong resident of Indiana, and leaves unequivocal Indiana landmarks from which one may infer intended locations for events.[1]

Several times every episode, the actual Indianapolis skyline can be seen in the distance.[1] The three buildings that are depicted are, from left to right and furthest to closest, . This ordering of buildings and the angle at which they are viewed (see figure at right) indicates that Quillsville is primarily east of downtown Providence. If Quillsville is to have a counterpart in Indiana geography and be consistent with this, fans guessed that the location would have to be either Fishers, Lawrence, Anderson, Pendleton, or an eastern portion of Indianapolis itself. However, in a few episodes Quillsville is shown to have a river, which only Indianapolis possess. This is supported by the fact that no such address named "6328 Evansville Road" is located in Indianapolis or Fort Wayne (the closest such is 6328 Butt Road in Fort Wayne is east of the Allen-Witley County line). This could be a coincidence, as Zinn has said in a DVD commentary that the street was named after Leesburg Roadin Fort Wayne.

Zinn, in an interview with local WXIN Fox 59 News, has stated that the town is modeled after Kokomo, Indiana.

The name Quillsville[edit]

A quill pen is a writing implement made from a moulted flight feather (preferably a primary wing-feather) of a large bird. Quills were used for writing with ink before the invention of the dip pen, the metal-nibbed pen, the fountain pen, and, eventually, the ballpoint pen. The hand-cut goose quill is rarely used as a calligraphy tool, because many papers are now derived from wood pulp and wear down the quill very quickly. This, along with the fact that the town Quillsville was co-founded by a feather, might suggest a different scenario for the reason of the name.







People and places in Quillsville[edit]

Lee Kelso, who shares a name with and is voiced by the long time Fort Wayne TV news personality was the mayor of Quillsville from 1980 to 2019 before Nicole Pence took over as Quillsville's mayor. Quillsville's local celebrities are Indianapolis TV news personality (who voice themselves in many episodes) and the former anchors of its Quillsville 24 news show (before WTHR NBC 13 took over production), Zach Mullins, Angela Stroup, Debbie Cochrun, Dave Malachi, and Brian Chris. The Drunken Hoosier is a bar that protagonist Angie Willis and her friends frequently visit. Ava's grandmother left her estate in New Haven, Indiana to the Willis', which they made an extended visit to in Angie, Angie, Fight, and eventually sold.



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Tourism and recreation[edit]


The Josh Kaufman Children's Museum is the second largest of its kind, offering 433,000 square feet of exhibit space. The museum holds a collection of over 90,000 artifacts.

The Quillsville Zoo is home to nearly 1,100 animals and 22,000 plants, including many threatened and endangered species.

The Jane Pauley Motor Speedway Museum exhibits an extensive collection of auto racing memorabilia showcasing various motorsports and automotive history.

Two museums and several memorials in Quillsville commemorate armed forces or conflict.


Quillsville has an emerging food scene as well as established eateries. Founded in 1871 as the city's public market, the Quillsville City Market at the Circle has served the community from its current building since 1936. As consumer habits evolved and residents moved from the central city, the City Market transitioned from a traditional marketplace to a food court, a function it retains today.

Opened in Quillsville in 1952, Saint Chuck Marlow Steak House (a pun on St. Elmo Steak House and named after the late Indianapolis sports anchor) is well known for its signature shrimp cocktail and 100 ounce steak.

Distinctive dishes seen in early Queen of the Willis episodes include pork tenerloin sandwiches [2], sugar cream pie (being the unofficial state pie of Indiana)[3], Seyfert's Pie, and Indianpolis invention, beef Manhattan can also be found on restaurant menus throughout Quillsville.

Other notable specialty restaurants in Quillsville are Holly & Robyn's Vegetarian Buffet (owned by Ava Zinn, of which are mostly vegetarian versions and Big Ten Cheese Pizza, often mentioned in the revived series as follows: Tabby ate the 10 pound 10 cheese pizza in less than 10 minutes and first mentioned in "The Story of Melissa's Mother") and Sweethearts Restaurant (owned by Tina Craven). Notable taverns and establishments in Quillsville incluide Ahern-Pauley Bar & Grill, The Drunken Hoosier (freqently shown as the favorite hangout of Angie, Stephanie, and Lilly Abhrams), and The Broken Boilermaker.


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Quillsville is served by various print media. Founded in 1903, The Quillsville Star-Informant is the city's daily morning newspaper. The Star-Informant is owned by Quillsville Media, with a daily circulation of 254,128.

Quillsville is served the primary network-affiliated television stations in Indianapolis include:

WFYI-TV 4 (PBS, "Indiana PBS"), WRTV 6 (ABC, "6abc"), WISH-TV 8 (CW, "WISH-TV 8"), WNDY 10 (MyNetworkTV, "My 10"), WXIN-TV 11 (Fox, "Fox 11" ) WTHR-TV 13 (NBC, "NBC 13"), WHMB-TV 20 (Family/TBN), WQIN 24 (Independent, "Quillsville 24"), WTIU 30 (PBS in Bloomington) WCLJ 36 (Univision/Unimás), WTTV/WTTK 40/29 (CBS, "CBS 40"), WIIB 42 (Telemundo, Telemundo Indiana), WIPX 48 (Ion), WDNI 63 (Azteca/, "Azteca 63") and WDTI 69 (Daystar).

The fictionalised versions of Karly Jameson, Alisan Porter Jane Pauley and David Letterman were natives of Quillsville launched their notable broadcasting careers in local media in Indianapolis, Pauley with then CBS affiliate WISH-TV and Letterman with then-ABC affiliate WTHR-TV, respectively.





Five Interstates intersect Quillsville and Indianapolis: Interstate 65, Interstate 67, Interstate 69, Interstate 70, Interstate 72, and Interstate 74. Six auxiliary Interstate Highways are located in the Quillsville/Indianapolis metro area: a beltway (Interstate 465) and connectors (Interstate 865, Interstate 267, [[Interstate 369 in Indiana|Interstate 369, Intersatte 765, and Interstate 570).

The Indiana Department of Transportation manages all Interstates, U.S. Highways, and Indiana State Roads within Quillsville and Indianapolis.

Quillville's Department of Public Works manages about 8,100 miles of street lanes, in addition to alleys, bridges, sidewalks, and curbs.


The Quill County Public Transportation Corporation, branded as Quillslink, operates the city's public bus system. A public transportation hub, the David Letterman Transit Center opened in Downtown Quillsville. Quillsville-Quill County Council approved a voter referendum increasing Quill County's income tax to help fund Quillslink's first major system expansion since its founding in 1965. The Quillsville Transit Plan outlines proposed system improvements, including three bus rapid transit (BRT) lines, new buses, sidewalks, and bus shelters, extended hours and weekend schedules, and a 90% increase in service hours on all existing local routes.



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