“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”

Kane County Illinois Historical Markers

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By William Fischer, Jr., April 7, 2016
Aurora Hotel NRHP Marker
Illinois (Kane County), Aurora — 22 — Aurora Hotel • Leland Hotel — Downtown Heritage Tour

The Aurora Hotel was the City's first large hotel, and for many years, its tallest building. It was erected in 1917 on the site of a mill race and swimming hole. The Georgian style, fireproof building was designed by H. Ziegler Dietz and . . . — Map (db m94232) HM

Illinois (Kane County), Aurora — Aurora National Bank Building

Erected 1926 as the Aurora National Bank Building Architect: Frank B. Gray — Map (db m94243) HM

Illinois (Kane County), Aurora — 7 — Aurora Silverplate Manufacturing Co. — Downtown Heritage Tour
The nationally known Aurora Silverplate Manufacturing Company was a producer of fine silver-plated dishes, ornaments, and tableware. Founded in 1869. Directed by many of Aurora's pioneer businessmen including Joseph Stolp, this company was one of . . . — Map (db m69822) HM
Illinois (Kane County), Aurora — Aurora Vietnam Veteran Memorial

For those who fought and died We cry with loving pride For those who are not yet home We won't let you stand alone For those who are called survivor We pledge our honor For those who are named here We will forever hold . . . — Map (db m94259) WM

Illinois (Kane County), Aurora — 2 — BPO Elk's Club Building — Downtown Heritage Tour
Easily one of the most unusual buildings in Aurora, this 1926 structure designed by the firm of Zimmerman, Saxe & Zimmerman is one of the few examples of Mayan Revival design. The architects altered their original, more traditional design when they . . . — Map (db m69823) HM
Illinois (Kane County), Aurora — 16 — German-American Bank Building • American National Bank — Downtown Heritage Tour — 1923 —

Architect - George Grant Elmslie Prairie style with terra cotta ornamentation. —————————— Prior to the late 1860s, a grand three-story Italianate style building, the H. H. . . . — Map (db m148600) HM

Illinois (Kane County), Aurora — Joseph and Samuel McCarty — Founders of Aurora — 1834 —

Two brothers, ages 24 & 22, from New York State, built their log cabin, dam, and sawmill near this site. — Map (db m94221) HM

Illinois (Kane County), Aurora — Leland Hotel — 1928

This property has been placed on the National Register of Historic Places by the United States Department of the Interior.

Designed by Anker Sveere Graven and Arthur Guy Mayger in 1928, it was the tallest building in Illinois outside of . . . — Map (db m94241) HM

Illinois (Kane County), Aurora — 20 — Paramount Theatre — Downtown Heritage Tour

Theatres designed in the early 20th century featured deep stages for vaudeville and other live entertainment. When silent movies became popular, vaudeville acts frequently preceded the movie, so the deep stages were still necessary. With the . . . — Map (db m94216) HM

Illinois (Kane County), Aurora — Wilder Park

Given to Aurora, in 1857. By Roswell Wilder, 1784-1860; Soldier in the War of 1812. Landlord of the Wilder Hotel, pioneer stage house; Builder of first school in West Aurora, 1839. Public Benefactor. . . . — Map (db m94246) HM

Illinois (Kane County), Batavia — Civil War Memorial

This monument erected in honor and in commemoration of the loyal patriotic men who enlisted from the Township of Batavia Illinois in the War for the Preservation of the Union 1861-1865.

"On fame's eternal camping ground Their silent tents . . . — Map (db m94260) WM

Illinois (Kane County), Dundee — Billy and Ma Sunday
Evangelist William "Billy" Sunday and his wife Helen "Ma" Sunday owned this farm, 1899-1913, and spent their summers here. Ma was born on the farm. Billy was born in Ames, Iowa, in 1862. He played outfield for Chicago and other National League . . . — Map (db m55486) HM
Illinois (Kane County), East Dundee — Dundee Veterans Honor Roll

[Names not transcribed] — Map (db m94542) WM

Illinois (Kane County), Elgin — Elgin — Fire Barn No. 3
Built for horse-drawn apparatus in 1896, in anticipation of city growth, Barn No. 3 was designed by Smith Hoag. It reflects the turn-of-the-century "Storefront Style" of fire barn architecture. Designated a local landmark in 1992. — Map (db m55596) HM
Illinois (Kane County), Elgin — Elgin Milk Condensing Company
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 . . . — Map (db m63650) HM
Illinois (Kane County), Elgin — Elgin National Watch Company
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 . . . — Map (db m55455) HM
Illinois (Kane County), Elgin — Elgin National Watch Company Factory Bell
The Factory - 1867 Pocket watch production began in 1867. The factory, located on National Street at the south end of Grove Avenue, grew in stages until by 1920 it was the largest watchmaking complex in the world, ultimately producing more . . . — Map (db m63436) HM
Illinois (Kane County), Elgin — Elgin Road Races
This marker is along the “south leg” of the Elgin road races. Beginning in 1910, many leading drivers and mechanics competed here in grueling tests of speed and endurance that contributed to the development of the modern automobile. . . . — Map (db m55454) HM
Illinois (Kane County), Elgin — Elgin's Masonic Temple Cornerstone — Dedicated 1926
In 1926 a grand hall was erected as the new home for two local Masonic organizations -- the Elgin Lodge #117 and the Monitor Lodge #552. At the time, the new Masonic Temple was Elgin's largest indoor meeting space. In addition to lodge functions, it . . . — Map (db m63331) HM
Illinois (Kane County), Elgin — Illinois Watch Case Company — (1890-1963)
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, . . . — Map (db m55458) HM
Illinois (Kane County), Elgin — Memorial Tribute to Elgin Academy's Patriotic Sons Who Served in the Great Civil War, 1861-1865
Among Elginites who served in the Civil War, there were 153 students, teachers, administrators and trustees from Elgin Academy. •Academy student Leverett Kelley was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor for heroic action in combat at Missionary . . . — Map (db m63437) HM WM
Illinois (Kane County), Elgin — W.W. I Memorial Davidson Park
In honor of all from Elgin who served during the 1914 - World War - 1918. — Map (db m117105) WM
Illinois (Kane County), Elgin — Washington Reformed Presbyterian Church
This tablet is made to preserve the memory of pioneers, God fearing people from Scotland and Ireland who organized this church in 1841, as a place to meet together and worship Andrew McCornack • Robert Shedden • William Fraser • George . . . — Map (db m59171) HM
Illinois (Kane County), Geneva — Kane County Government Center
. . . — Map (db m94262) HM
Illinois (Kane County), Geneva — Kane County Veterans Memorial — Dedicated November 11, 2004

To honor all men and women from Kane County who served in the United States Armed Forces

To detail and reflect on the sacrifices made by Veterans of this nation who defended freedom in the 20th century.

To permanently inscribe the . . . — Map (db m94309) WM

Illinois (Kane County), Geneva — Korean War — (1950 - 1955)

Major Campaigns and Deaths

Pusan Perimeter 8/50-9/50) 3,603 Chosin Reservoir (11/50-12/50) 1,641 Kunu-Ri (11/50-12/50) 1,194 Naktong Breakout (9/50) 834 Hoengsong (2/51) 773 Taejon (7/50) 638 Heartbreak . . . — Map (db m94915) HM WM

Illinois (Kane County), Geneva — Masonic Building

Fox River Chapter #14 Royal Arch Masons Chartered September 2, 1852

Geneva Lodge #139 Ancient Free and Accepted Masons Chartered October 5, 1854 — Map (db m94268) HM

Illinois (Kane County), Geneva — Spanish-American/Philippines War — (1898 - 1902)

Major Campaigns and Deaths

San Juan Heights/El Caney, Cuba (6/98-7/98) 1,475 Cuba Campaign (6/98-8/98) 350 Battle of February 4th, Philippines (2/99) 60 Balangiga Massacre, Philippines (9/01) 48 Manila, . . . — Map (db m94845) HM WM

Illinois (Kane County), Geneva — The Lincoln Highway — Amenities Along The Highway — Geneva, Illinois —

Geneva played an important role in connecting the cities of the Fox River Valley to the Lincoln Highway. The city was eager to cater to the newly motoring public by offering well-lit, paved streets, a stop-and-go light, and a motorcycle . . . — Map (db m94267) HM

Illinois (Kane County), Geneva — Vietnam — (1964-1975 U.S. Involvement)

Major Campaigns and Deaths

Tet Offensive 1/68-2/68) 2,500 Vietcong Offensive (2/69) 1,140 Operation Rolling Thunder (2/65-11/68) 818 Battle of Khe Sahn (1/68-4/68) 730 Battle of Dak To (11/67) 285 Operation . . . — Map (db m94949) HM WM

Illinois (Kane County), Geneva — World War I — (1917-1918 U.S. Involvement)

Major Campaigns and Deaths

Meuse-Argonne, France (9/18-11/18) 26,277 Aisne-Marne, France (7/18-8/18) 6,992 Somme, France (8/18-11/18) 3,221 Oise-Aisne, France (8/18-11/18) 1,919 St. Mihiel, France (9/18) 1,799 . . . — Map (db m94883) HM WM

Illinois (Kane County), Geneva — World War II — (1941-1946 U.S. Involvement)

Major Campaigns and Deaths

Pacific Theater Leyte/Luzon/Southern Islands, Philippines (10/44-7/45) 20,569 Philippines (12/41-5/42) 15,386 Okinawa/Ryukyus, Japan (3/45-7/45) 12,183 Iwo Jima, Japan . . . — Map (db m94903) HM WM

Illinois (Kane County), West Dundee — Civil War Memorial

In Memory of Our Departed Heroes

[Roll of Honored Dead] — Map (db m94554) WM

Illinois (Kane County), West Dundee — Duff House

This New England style farmhouse was built circa 1848, by Samuel Wilder to resemble his former New York State home. Robert and Lucy Duff purchased this property in 1868; however, historians claim they lived at this location during the Civil War . . . — Map (db m94312) HM

Illinois (Kane County), West Dundee — Otto J. Maha — 1907 - 1999 — In Memory of —

This fountain is dedicated to Otto J. Maha and his contributions to fluid power technology.

Otto received his education through night classes at the Lewis Institute of Technology, now known as the Illinois Institute of . . . — Map (db m94524) HM

Illinois (Kane County), West Dundee — Pinkerton’s Early Home
Allan Pinkerton, famous detective, had his home and cooperage on this lot, 1844-1850. Here he sheltered and employed slaves escaping to freedom. After helping to capture some counterfeiters, he became deputy sheriff of Kane County in 1848. In 1850 . . . — Map (db m55485) HM
Illinois (Kane County), West Dundee — W. [William] W. & Phebe Welch

First Pioneer Settlers in No. Kane Cty. May 10, 1834 — Map (db m94543) HM

Illinois (Kane County), West Dundee — West Dundee Riverwalk

The History In 1837, a young Scot settler drew a straw that gave him the privilege of naming his new home, and he chose to name it after his home town - Dundee, Scotland.

Thr River There are over 200 islands in the Fox River . . . — Map (db m94540) HM

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May. 26, 2020