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

Illinois Watch Case Company

(1890-1963)

 
 
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By Paul Fehrenbach, September 20, 2017
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. 42° 3.136′ N, 88° 16.262′ W. Marker is in Elgin, Illinois, in Kane County. Marker is at the intersection of Dundee Avenue and Chester Avenue, on the right when traveling north on Dundee Avenue. Touch for map. Marker was on the northeast corner. Marker is in this post office area: Elgin IL 60120, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Elgin (within shouting distance
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By Paul Fehrenbach, September 20, 2017
2. Illinois Watch Case Company Marker
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). Touch for a list and map 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. The marker was replaced by 2017.
 
Categories. Industry & Commerce
 
Illinois Watch Case Company Marker image. Click for full size.
By Paul Fehrenbach, September 20, 2017
3. Illinois Watch Case Company Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on September 20, 2017. This page originally submitted on May 18, 2012, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. This page has been viewed 807 times since then and 73 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on September 20, 2017, by Paul Fehrenbach of Germantown, Wisconsin. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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