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Elgin in Kane County, Illinois — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Illinois Watch Case Company

(1890-1963)

 
 
Illinois Watch Case Company Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner
1. Illinois Watch Case Company Marker
Inscription. For more than 70 years this site was occupied by the Illinois Watch Case Company. The firm was a leader in the domestic watch industry and by the 1920s had produced more than 30 million watch cases.
A subsidiary produced jewelry goods, lockets, cigarette lighters, and the famed "Elgin American" ladies compacts. During World War II, the company won an Army-Navy excellence award for its production of mortar shells and war-related materials.
Foreign competition and a changing market eventually led to an end of production in the early 1960s.
text from Illinois State Historical Society
 
Erected 2007 by the Elgin Heritage Commission and the Illinois State Historical Society.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Illinois State Historical Society marker series.
 
Location. Marker has been reported missing. It was located near 42° 3.136′ N, 88° 16.262′ W. Marker was in Elgin, Illinois, in Kane County. Marker was at the intersection of Dundee Avenue and Chester Avenue, on the right when traveling north on Dundee Avenue. Click for map. Marker was on the northeast corner. Marker was in this post office area: Elgin IL 60120, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles
Illinois Watch Case Company Marker site image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, April 21, 2012
2. Illinois Watch Case Company Marker site
of this location, measured as the crow flies. Elgin (within shouting distance of this marker); Memorial Tribute to Elgin Academy's Patriotic Sons Who Served in the Great Civil War, 1861-1865 (approx. 0.8 miles away); Elgin National Watch Company Factory Bell (approx. 0.8 miles away); Elgin's Masonic Temple Cornerstone (approx. 0.8 miles away); Elgin Milk Condensing Company (approx. 1.1 miles away); Elgin National Watch Company (approx. 1.6 miles away); Pinkertonís Early Home (approx. 3.2 miles away); Otto J. Maha (approx. 3.2 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Elgin.
 
More about this marker. The historical marker was stolen from the site in early February 2012. The building complex was razed in the summer of 2011.
 
Categories. Industry & Commerce
 
Illinois Watch Case Company Marker site image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, April 21, 2012
3. Illinois Watch Case Company Marker site
Illinois Watch Case Company Marker site image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, April 21, 2012
4. Illinois Watch Case Company Marker site
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. This page has been viewed 755 times since then and 21 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on , by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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