“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
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Historical Markers and War Memorials in Lake County, Illinois

Clickable Map of Lake County, Illinois and Immediately Adjacent Jurisdictions image/svg+xml 2019-10-06 U.S. Census Bureau, Abe.suleiman; Lokal_Profil;; J.J.Prats/dc:title> Lake County, IL (62) Cook County, IL (393) McHenry County, IL (36) Allegan County, MI (52) Berrien County, MI (76) Van Buren County, MI (46) Kenosha County, WI (39)  LakeCounty(62) Lake County (62)  CookCounty(393) Cook County (393)  McHenryCounty(36) McHenry County (36)  AlleganCountyMichigan(52) Allegan County (52)  BerrienCounty(76) Berrien County (76)  VanBurenCounty(46) Van Buren County (46)  KenoshaCountyWisconsin(39) Kenosha County (39)
Waukegan is the county seat for Lake County
Adjacent to Lake County, Illinois
      Cook County (393)  
      McHenry County (36)  
      Allegan County, Michigan (52)  
      Berrien County, Michigan (76)  
      Van Buren County, Michigan (46)  
      Kenosha County, Wisconsin (39)  
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1Illinois (Lake County), Grayslake — 164 Hawley — Building History
On November 19, 1895 a one room frame school house was moved to this location from the northeast corner of Lake Street and Belvidere Road. Soon afterwards the building was extended ten feet to the front, raised ten feet and a brick veneer was added. . . . Map (db m55556) HM
2Illinois (Lake County), Grayslake — St. Andrew Church Bell — Bell History
The original bell from St. Andrew Episcopal church heralded many events in the life of the church and community. Usually an altar boy would be assigned the task of pulling the long rope. It was rung before regular services. It was rung for weddings . . . Map (db m55555) HM
3Illinois (Lake County), Grayslake — The Story of This Land
In 1895, the year of Grayslake's incorporation, Charles F. Kuebker bought the land that encompasses Central Park from Charles Whitehead. He brought his wife and young son to Grayslake the following year. They tilled the soil and raised animals. In . . . Map (db m55557) HM
4Illinois (Lake County), Great Lakes — "Brick Row" — Great Lakes History Trail Stop 8
Eleven original Officer’s Quarters stand along the bluff of Lake Michigan behind Building One. Six were designed for junior officers, four for senior officers and one for the Commandant. Original occupants included the junior Chaplain, junior . . . Map (db m38080) HM
5Illinois (Lake County), Great Lakes — Base Realignment and Closure
On many occasions during its history, Great Lakes Naval Training Center has fought to remain an important training location for the Navy. The Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) decision of 1993 finally seems to have put an end to that fight. This . . . Map (db m37879) HM
6Illinois (Lake County), Great Lakes — Black and White
In the early months of World War II, the Navy Department designated Great Lakes as the only site for training African-American recruits. Since recruit training camps were named after naval heroes, it was thought fitting to do the same for the camp . . . Map (db m38002) HM
7Illinois (Lake County), Great Lakes — Building Five — Great Lakes History Trail Stop 4
The Mess Hall and Galley were designed to serve one thousand two hundred eighty men, but during WWI, over five thousand sailors were fed at each meal. The ornamentation on the outside walls of the Mess Hall suggests the purpose of the building. Its . . . Map (db m38005) HM
8Illinois (Lake County), Great Lakes — Building Four — Great Lakes History Trail Stop 5
The original Drill Hall, now a gymnasium, was designed with battered walls to give the massive building a military, fort-like appearance. Above the main entrance, the architects provided a large ornamentation of the bow of an ancient sailing ship, . . . Map (db m38182) HM
9Illinois (Lake County), Great Lakes — Building One — Great Lakes History Trail Stop 9
Building one, with offices for the base commander and staff, was originally known as the Administration Building. Designed as the focal point of the base, its 155-foot tower overlooks the parade field and was the tallest structure on the original . . . Map (db m38079) HM
10Illinois (Lake County), Great Lakes — Fighting Tradesmen
During World War I, the Public Works Department at Great Lakes was tasked with the original construction of new facilities. Originally, Public Works was to use local civilian contractors. The problem, however, was that patriotic tradesmen joined . . . Map (db m37870) HM
11Illinois (Lake County), Great Lakes — Great Lakes Athletics
Throughout WWI and WWII, athletic opportunities for recruits included swimming, basketball, hockey, water polo, boxing, wrestling and track and field. But, it was in football that Great Lakes achieved national prominence. Among the thousands of . . . Map (db m37922) HM
12Illinois (Lake County), Great Lakes — Great Lakes History Trail
The Great Lakes History Trail has been established on base to teach about the past and promote a healthy future. As you walk the 2 mile trail, you will learn more about the fascinating history of our great base at the actual locations where it . . . Map (db m37876) HM
13Illinois (Lake County), Great Lakes — LT John Philip Sousa Bandstand
This replica of the 1910 bandstand upon which LT John Philip Sousa, USN directed the Naval Training Center Band was built from original plans in observance of the Naval Training Center's 75th Anniversary. Dedicated by NTC Commander . . . Map (db m38007) HM
14Illinois (Lake County), Great Lakes — Original Architectural Design — Great Lakes History Trail Stop 3
Unlike many military complexes where troops occupied the site before construction, the Great Lakes project was designed and built before training operations began. The architect, Jarvis Hunt of Chicago, varied the design of individual buildings . . . Map (db m38183) HM
15Illinois (Lake County), Great Lakes — Origins of the Base / Construction
(Left Side): Origins of the Base During the 1898 Spanish-American War, the Navy recognized that over half of the American sailors in that war had come from the Midwest. Congressman Foss of Illinois suggested that in the future, it might . . . Map (db m37937) HM
16Illinois (Lake County), Great Lakes — Rededication of Naval Training Center Great Lakes
To commemorate the rededication of Naval Training Center Great Lakes in honor of all who served here from 1911 to 1986Map (db m38076) HM
17Illinois (Lake County), Great Lakes — The First Recruit / Original Historic Structures
The First Recruit17-year old Joseph Gregg of Terre Haute, Indiana arrived at Great Lakes Naval Center on July 1, 1911, the day of the first commissioning of the Station. Later that year on October 8, President William Howard Taft officially . . . Map (db m37970) HM
18Illinois (Lake County), Great Lakes — The Golden Thirteen
In March, 1944, the first African-American naval officers in U.S. history were commissioned at Great Lakes Naval Training Center. Twelve ensigns and one warrant officer made American military history, and went on to serve with distinction in World . . . Map (db m38003) HM
19Illinois (Lake County), Great Lakes — The Great Lakes Football Team — Great Lakes History Trail Stop 9
Throughout WWI and WWII, athletic opportunities for recruits included swimming, basketball, hockey, water polo, boxing, wrestling and track & field. But, it was in WWI football that Great Lakes achieved national prominence. Among the thousands of . . . Map (db m38077) HM
20Illinois (Lake County), Great Lakes — The Post War Era
With the surrender of Japan and the close of hostilities in August, 1945, a call resounded across the nation to “bring our boys back home.” A demobilization center was established at Great Lakes to process the discharge of sailors. In . . . Map (db m37926) HM
21Illinois (Lake County), Great Lakes — United States Naval Training Station — Great Lakes, Illinois
Land donated, 1905, by The Commercial Club of Chicago, Theodore Roosevelt, President, Paul Morton, Secretary of the Navy, F. A. Delano, President, Commercial Club, Chicago, Graeme Stewart, Member, Commercial Club, Chicago. Station . . . Map (db m38082) HM
22Illinois (Lake County), Great Lakes — Wings over Great Lakes
Early aviation at Great Lakes included both pilot training and schools for enlisted Aviation Quartermasters, Machinists Mates, Aviation Armorers, and Ordinancemen [sic]. The first pilots were from among wealthy Illinois families who not only . . . Map (db m37873) HM
23Illinois (Lake County), Great Lakes — Women at Great Lakes
During the astonishing growth of the Navy during World War I, women were, for the first time, accepted into the Navy. These women enlisted into the yeoman rating and were designated with an (F) for female. They served with the aviation unit and . . . Map (db m37925) HM
24Illinois (Lake County), Great Lakes — World War I / Between the Wars
World War IOn April 6, 1917, less than six years after Great Lakes was opened, the U.S. declared war on the Central Powers. By August, the number of trainees grew from 618 to 50,000. Vast tent cities sprang up to house the flood of volunteers. . . . Map (db m37996) HM
25Illinois (Lake County), Great Lakes — World War II
On the morning of December 7, 1941, only 6,814 sailors were in training at Great Lakes. Two hours after the attack began, Captain Spaulding, the Public Works Officer, authorized a large construction program. 13 prime contractors, 27 architectural . . . Map (db m37920) HM
26Illinois (Lake County), Gurnee — ACE Roller Coaster Landmark — Whizzer Roller Coaster
American Coaster Enthusiasts (ACE) recognizes Whizzer at Six Flags Great America as an ACE Roller Coaster Landmark, a designation reserved for rides of historic significance. Designed by engineer Werner Stengel (1936- ) and manufactured by the . . . Map (db m200697) HM
27Illinois (Lake County), Gurnee — The Mother Rudd Barn — Historic Garden — 1840 s —
The Mother Rudd Home is the oldest building in Warren Township. It served as a stagecoach stop, inn, tavern and post office. After the organization of the township in 1850, it was the official town hall and all caucuses and elections were held here. . . . Map (db m55519) HM
28Illinois (Lake County), Highland Park — Fort Sheridan
This U.S. Army Post was named after Civil War Cavalry General Philip Sheridan, to honor his many services to Chicago (1868-1883). The Commercial Club of Chicago, concerned since 1877 with the need for a military garrison, was motivated by the . . . Map (db m55515) HM
29Illinois (Lake County), Highland Park — Fort Sheridan — Centennial Legacy Statue — 1887 – 1987 —
General Philip H. Sheridan Astride his mount "Rienzi" at the height of the Battle of Five Forks in April, 1865, where he inspired his troop by riding back and forth in front of them (and the enemy) carrying his unit's guidon and rallying them to . . . Map (db m55516) HM
30Illinois (Lake County), Highland Park — Site of the First Public Building
This is the site of the first public building built by the Highland Park Building Company in 1868. It contained the first city offices, community and religious meeting rooms. It was bought by James McDonald and became McDonald's Store and Hall. The . . . Map (db m64705) HM
31Illinois (Lake County), Highland Park — The Francis Stupey Log Cabin
Built in 1847 of hand hewn, virgin white oak timbers, this is Highland Park's oldest standing structure. It was a centennial gift from Exmoor Country Club to the Highland Park Historical Society and the people of Highland Park. In December, . . . Map (db m64707) HM
32Illinois (Lake County), Highland Park — The Water Tower
Was designed by the Architectural Firm of Holabird and Roche and is a classic example of Military Architecture. It was built in 1891 and was placed on the National Register of Historic Places by the United States Department of Interior on 4 December . . . Map (db m55517) HM
33Illinois (Lake County), Lake Bluff — The Dwyer Settlement in Lake County, Illinois
In 1837 William Dwyer, his wife Mary, and her brother, Dr. Richard Murphy, established a claim to the property on this site and created what was known as the Dwyer Settlement. The Dwyer homestead included a tavern and one of the three stage stops . . . Map (db m66619) HM
34Illinois (Lake County), Libertyville — Adlai Ewing Stevenson II — 1900 – 1965
Adlai Ewing Stevenson – Governor of Illinois from 1949 to 1953, twice the Democratic Party nominee for president, and United States Ambassador to the United Nations – built this residence in 1938. Known as "The Farm," the house, outbuildings, and . . . Map (db m41247) HM
35Illinois (Lake County), Libertyville — Cook Memorial Library
Has been placed on the National Register of Historic Places by the United States Department of the Interior Map (db m55520) HM
36Illinois (Lake County), Libertyville — General Dragoljub Mihailovich
Legion of Merit Chief Commander General Dragoljub Mihailovich distinguished himself in an outstanding manner as Commander-in-Chief of the Yugoslavian Army Forces and later as Minister of War by organizing and leading important resistance . . . Map (db m55566) HM
37Illinois (Lake County), Libertyville — Serbian Orthodox Monastery of St. Sava
This property has been placed on the National Register of Historic Places By the United States Department of the InteriorMap (db m55564) HM
38Illinois (Lake County), Long Grove — Bollenbach Wagon Shop — c. 1870
Owned by the Bollenbach family, wagonmakers and blacksmiths, the center two-story section was moved from its original location across the road.Map (db m78444) HM
39Illinois (Lake County), Long Grove — Creamery — 1879
Once the largest and most prosperous cheese and butter factory in Northern Illinois. Rebuilt after a fire in 1897.Map (db m78460) HM
40Illinois (Lake County), Long Grove — Fred Sauer Residence — 1873
Built by Fred Sauer, a carpenter who plied his trade rebuilding Chicago after the great fire of 1871.Map (db m78450) HM
41Illinois (Lake County), Long Grove — George Umbdenstock Residence — c. 1870
George Umbdenstock, Sr. was one of the first village blacksmiths. The two-story section on the right is original.Map (db m78446) HM
42Illinois (Lake County), Long Grove — Pre-Civil War Residence — c. 1855
The peak medallion and other Victorian design elements reflect later additions to original two-story center section. Remained a residence until 1963.Map (db m78453) HM
43Illinois (Lake County), Long Grove — Ritzenthaler Farmhouse — c. 1890
Purchased by William Umbdenstock in 1928 and moved from Ritzenthaler farm property one-half mile to the north.Map (db m78454) HM
44Illinois (Lake County), Long Grove — Rose Residence and Zimmer Hotel — c. 1860
Built as a residence by first village blacksmith Daniel Rose. Later became a ten-room hotel run by the Zimmer family.Map (db m78457) HM
45Illinois (Lake County), Long Grove — Sauer Family Residence — c. 1870
Home of Christ and Albert Sauer, the eldest and youngest of the four brothers to settle in the village. Christ was a Civil War Veteran.Map (db m78452) HM
46Illinois (Lake County), Long Grove — Sauer General Store — 1869
Originally erected as Sauer's Cheap Cash Store by Civil War Veteran Christ Sauer. Remained a family business until 1932. Destroyed by fire and rebuilt.Map (db m78447) HM
47Illinois (Lake County), Long Grove — Tavern and Wagon Shop — 1847
First restaurant and central meeting place.Map (db m78456) HM
48Illinois (Lake County), Long Grove — Zimmer Residence — 1898
Built by John Zimmer, Jr. for his bride. The Zimmer family operated the tavern and wagon shop to the south.Map (db m78458) HM
49Illinois (Lake County), North Chicago — Douglas A-4 "Skyhawk" — Naval Training Center, Great Lakes Museum —
Panel 1: McDonnell/Douglas A-4D (A-4) “Skyhawk” The Douglas A-4D “Skyhawk” was designed by the late Ed Heinemann in response to a Navy requirement for a fast (but compact) long-range, light-weight carrier . . . Map (db m67360) WM
50Illinois (Lake County), North Chicago — Washburn and Moen Manufacturing Company — The Waukegan Works and North Chicago
The Washburn and Moen Manufacturing Company of Worcester, MA. established a wire mill – The Waukegan Works – east of this location along Lake Michigan. The land for its Illinois operation was purchased January 16, 1891, on the . . . Map (db m38184) HM
51Illinois (Lake County), Rondout — The Rondout Train Robbery
On June 12, 1924, the largest train robbery in U.S. history occurred near here. Bandits boarded the train in Chicago and forced postal clerks to surrender sacks containing more than two-million dollars in securities and cash. Local police . . . Map (db m54066) HM
52Illinois (Lake County), Wauconda — Andrew C. Cook House
In 1840, Andrew C. Cook and his wife Mary Oakes came to Wauconda Township from Vermont, via the Erie Canal, the Great Lakes to Chicago and then to Wauconda. They purchased 380 acres of land at $1.25 per acre. A log cabin was erected before clearing . . . Map (db m54062) HM
53Illinois (Lake County), Waukegan — Cpl. Richard E. Bush Memorial
Born December 23, 1923 United States Marine Corps 1st Battalion, 4th Marines, 6th Marine Division Congressional Medal of Honor Recipient For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and . . . Map (db m116062) HM WM
54Illinois (Lake County), Waukegan — Joseph T. Bowen Country Club
From 1912 to 1962, Bowen Park was the site of the Joseph T. Bowen Country Club, owned by the Hull-House Association of Chicago. Here, children from many national, racial and religious backgrounds learned to respect each other and the environment. . . . Map (db m54019) HM
55Illinois (Lake County), Waukegan — Orion Perseus Howe
A resident of Glen Rock Avenue in Waukegan and a musician in Company C, 55th Illinois Infantry He is the youngest soldier ever to be awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor for his bravery on the battlefield at Vicksburg, Mississippi on May . . . Map (db m115973) HM WM
56Illinois (Lake County), Waukegan — Ray Bradbury Park — United for Libraries Literary Landmarks Register
Author Ray Bradbury (1920-2012), born in Waukegan, Illinois, is renowned as one of the most celebrated fiction writers of our time and one of the most important figures in the genre of science fiction and fantasy. This park, where Bradbury . . . Map (db m137380) HM
57Illinois (Lake County), Waukegan — Waukegan Doughboy Statue
In memory of Alvin E. Johnson & William W. Kyndberg Presented to Homer Daringer Post No. 281 American Legion by Mrs. Alvin E. Johnson & Mrs. William W. KyndbergMap (db m116061) WM
58Illinois (Lake County), Waukegan — Waukegan U.S.S. Maine Memorial
In Memoriam U.S.S. Maine Destroyed in Havana Harbor February 15th, 1889 This tablet is cast from metal recovered from the U.S.S. Maine (Lower tablet:) Dedicated to Ben L. Jones Camp No. 50 United Spanish War . . . Map (db m116088) WM
59Illinois (Lake County), Waukegan — Waukegan Veterans Memorial
Dedicated to all Veterans Those who have served past, present and futureMap (db m116060) WM
60Illinois (Lake County), Waukegan — Welcome to Ray Bradbury Park
[Clockwise, from upper left] Early Life Ray Douglas Bradbury was born on August 22, 1920. His parents were Leonard Spaulding Bradbury and Esther Marie Moberg. He spent much time during his youth reading at the Carnegie Library, which he . . . Map (db m137566) HM
61Illinois (Lake County), Zion — Shiloh House
This property has been placed on the National Register of Historic Places By the United States Department of the InteriorMap (db m55567) HM
62Illinois (Lake County), Zion — Zion Hotel — Elijah Hospice — 1902 - 1979 —
Erected in 1902 to provide a temporary lodging house for the followers of John Alexander Dowie, founder of the Christian Catholic Church and Zion City, Elijah Hospice was believed to be the largest wooden balloon-frame structure in the world. . . . Map (db m38186) HM
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Jul. 3, 2022