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

Elgin Milk Condensing Company

 
 
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By Bill Kirchner, April 21, 2012
1. Elgin Milk Condensing Company Marker
Inscription.  Gail Borden, pioneer in the food preservative industry, established a milk condensing plant on this site in 1865. His discovery incorporated a process by which water was evaporated from milk, and sugar added as a preservative. This process, patented in 1856, increased the availability and variety in dairy products, allowing the populace a sanitary and nourishing alternative to fresh milk. The stringent procedures he employed inspired high standards, revolutionizing the dairy industry. By 1881, this company was the largest of its kind and a major factor in determining Elgin's reputation as a dairy center. Production ceased in 1918 due to the rising cost of milk. Elgin's Gail Borden Library, located nearby, is named in his honor.
 
Erected 1992 by The Elgin Heritage Commission and the Illinois State Historical Society.
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Industry & Commerce. In addition, it is included in the Illinois State Historical Society series list.
 
Location. 42° 2.436′ N, 88° 17.203′ 
Elgin Milk Condensing Company Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, April 21, 2012
2. Elgin Milk Condensing Company Marker
W. Marker is in Elgin, Illinois, in Kane County. Marker is at the intersection of North Grove Avenue and Symphony Way, on the left when traveling south on North Grove Avenue. Marker is on the northeast corner. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Elgin IL 60120, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Elgin's Masonic Temple Cornerstone (approx. half a mile away); Elgin National Watch Company Factory Bell (approx. half a mile away); Memorial Tribute to Elgin Academy's Patriotic Sons Who Served in the Great Civil War, 1861-1865 (approx. half a mile away); W.W. I Memorial Davidson Park (approx. 0.6 miles away); Elgin National Watch Company (approx. 0.9 miles away); Elgin (approx. 1.1 miles away); Illinois Watch Case Company (approx. 1.1 miles away); Elgin Road Races (approx. 3.9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Elgin.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on May 18, 2012, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. This page has been viewed 574 times since then and 27 times this year. Last updated on March 6, 2013, by Tim Rathjen of Elgin, Illinois. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on May 18, 2012, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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