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

Elgin National Watch Company

 
 
Elgin National Watch Company Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, April 21, 2012
1. Elgin National Watch Company Marker
Inscription. From 1866 to 1966 this site was occupied by the Elgin National Watch Company. This was the first watch factory built west of the Alleghenies and grew to become the world's largest. During its lifetime over 60 million 'Elgin' watches were manufactured here. The building was highlighted by a 144 foot tall clock tower containing dials with numerals three feet in length - a foot longer than those of London's 'Big Ben.' Located nearby was an observatory built for astronomical time determination before the advent of national standards. The observatory is now used as a planetarium by School District U-46.
 
Erected 1989 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. 42° 1.785′ N, 88° 16.641′ W. Marker is in Elgin, Illinois, in Kane County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of East National Street and South Grove Avenue. Touch for map. Marker is at the entrance of the Clock Tower Plaza. It faces north toward the intersection of National Street and South Grove Avenue. Marker is in this post office area: Elgin IL 60120, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within
Elgin National Watch Company Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, April 21, 2012
2. Elgin National Watch Company Marker
5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. 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. 0.9 miles away); Elgin (approx. 1.6 miles away); Illinois Watch Case Company (approx. 1.6 miles away); Elgin Road Races (approx. 4Ĺ miles away); Pinkertonís Early Home (approx. 4.7 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Elgin.
 
Also see . . .
1. Elgin National Watch Co. The large plant at Elgin was closed in 1965 and demolished the following year. (Submitted on May 18, 2012, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona.) 

2. Elgin National Watch Company - Wikipedia. Website contains a photo of the factory. (Submitted on May 19, 2012, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland.) 
 
Categories. Industry & Commerce
 
Elgin National Watch Company (1914) image. Click for full size.
By Haines Photo Company, circa 1914
3. Elgin National Watch Company (1914)
Image courtesy of the Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on May 18, 2012, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. This page has been viewed 660 times since then and 34 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on May 18, 2012, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona.   3. submitted on May 21, 2012. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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