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Litchfield in Montgomery County, Illinois — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

The American Radiator Plant Cornerstone

 
 
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By Jason Voigt, August 14, 2019
1. The American Radiator Plant Cornerstone Marker
Inscription.  The cornerstone of the American Radiator plant was laid on June 9, 1904. The plant occupied 28 acres on the southeast edge of town and produced cast iron radiators. During World War II, it converted to the manufacture of sand-molded magnesium castings, and their entire output was used by the government for military aircraft. At its peak in 1945, 535 employees were on the payroll.

After the war, the plant resumed the manufacture of radiators and added the production of sheet metal floor furnaces. During the Korean Conflict, the plant was again converted to magnesium production for defense purposes.

In 1956, the plant and property were sold to the Weather-proof Company (WEPCO), and produced aluminum doors and windows. Echlin Manufacturing purchased the property in 1970 and they produced automotive parts. The plant changed hands and product lines several more times.

In June of 2008, Affinia Group, owners at the time, announced plans to close the Litchfield plant and move most of the plant's operation to Mexico. In 2011, during demolition of the older part of the plant, the American Radiator cornerstone with sealed
Litchfield Museum & Route 66 Welcome Center image. Click for full size.
By Jason Voigt, August 14, 2019
2. Litchfield Museum & Route 66 Welcome Center
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copper-box time capsule were found. The box was opened on June 24, 2011 and the cornerstone, box and contents were donated to the Litchfield Museum and Route 66 Welcome Center.
 
Erected by The Corwin Memorial Trust.
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Industry & CommerceWar, World II. In addition, it is included in the Time Capsules, and the U.S. Route 66 🛣️ series lists.
 
Location. 39° 10.624′ N, 89° 39.989′ W. Marker is in Litchfield, Illinois, in Montgomery County. Marker is on Old Route 66 North just south of West Kirkham Street, on the left when traveling south. Marker is outside the Litchfield Museum & Route 66 Welcome Center. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 334 Old Rte 66 N, Litchfield IL 62056, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Route 66 (here, next to this marker); Litchfield Museum & Route 66 Welcome Center (here, next to this marker); The Litchfield Community High School 1924-1997 (here, next to this marker); The Vic Suhling Sign (a few steps from this marker); Litchfield's Wind Mill Factory (within shouting distance of this marker); The Ariston Café, Litchfield, Illinois (within shouting
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distance of this marker); Fine Dining on Rte 66 (within shouting distance of this marker); Litchfield, Illinois (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Litchfield.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on April 2, 2020. It was originally submitted on April 1, 2020, by Jason Voigt of Glen Carbon, Illinois. This page has been viewed 82 times since then and 18 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on April 1, 2020, by Jason Voigt of Glen Carbon, Illinois. • Devry Becker Jones was the editor who published this page.

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