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

Clickable Map of DeKalb 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> DeKalb County, IL (20) Boone County, IL (5) Kane County, IL (52) Kendall County, IL (5) LaSalle County, IL (86) Lee County, IL (43) McHenry County, IL (38) Ogle County, IL (44) Winnebago County, IL (6)  DeKalbCounty(20) DeKalb County (20)  BooneCounty(5) Boone County (5)  KaneCounty(52) Kane County (52)  KendallCounty(5) Kendall County (5)  LaSalleCounty(86) LaSalle County (86)  LeeCounty(43) Lee County (43)  McHenryCounty(38) McHenry County (38)  OgleCounty(44) Ogle County (44)  WinnebagoCounty(6) Winnebago County (6)
Sycamore is the county seat for DeKalb County
Adjacent to DeKalb County, Illinois
      Boone County (5)  
      Kane County (52)  
      Kendall County (5)  
      LaSalle County (86)  
      Lee County (43)  
      McHenry County (38)  
      Ogle County (44)  
      Winnebago County (6)  
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1 Illinois, DeKalb County, DeKalb — Barbed Wire Manufacturing1873 – 1938
This house, built in 1861, was the home of Joseph Glidden, who in 1873 invented barbed wire fencing. With Phineas W. Vaughn he perfected a machine to manufacture it. DeKalb was the home of Isaac L. Ellwood and Jacob Haish, also manufacturers of . . . Map (db m230891) HM
2 Illinois, DeKalb County, DeKalb — Bicentennial GroveAfton Township Forest Preserve
These trees were planted by the citizens of DeKalb County in honor of our country's bicentennial. This horizons project affirms our faith and pride in the United States and our hope and love for it. May future citizens enjoy this area and remember . . . Map (db m203047) HM
3 Illinois, DeKalb County, DeKalb — DeKalb AG
DeKalb's roots date to 1912 when a group of farmers and bankers formed the DeKalb County Soil Improvement Association to improve area farming. In 1917, an offshoot was formed, the DeKalb County Agricultural Association, with a focus on quality seed. . . . Map (db m230905) HM
4 Illinois, DeKalb County, DeKalb — DeKalb Poultry Research, Inc.
Success in developing and commercializing hybrid seed corn in the 1930s and early 1940s prompted DeKalb Agricultural Association in 1944 to see if the principles of hybridization could be applied to the breeding of poultry. Association President Tom . . . Map (db m230904) HM
5 Illinois, DeKalb County, DeKalb — Jacob Haish(1826-1926)
Known for his inventive genius, eccentric personality, and generous philanthropy, Jacob Haish is perhaps most remembered as an inventor of barbed wire. Born in Germany, he immigrated to this country in 1832 and came to DeKalb County in the 1840s. . . . Map (db m230903) HM
6 Illinois, DeKalb County, DeKalb — Northern Illinois University
On May 22, 1895, Governor John Peter Altgeld signed an act establishing the Northern Illinois State Normal School. The first building, "The Castle on the Hill", was constructed here on what was once the site of the DeKalb County Fairgrounds. . . . Map (db m213756) HM
7 Illinois, DeKalb County, DeKalb — The Winged Ear Logo
The DeKalb® brand winged ear logo is perhaps one of the most widely-recognized agricultural trademarks in the world. Over the years it has undergone many design enhancements from the original concept. But the same iconic image of a flying ear of . . . Map (db m230901) HM
8 Illinois, DeKalb County, DeKalb — William George Eckhardt(Site of Eckhardt's Home and Seed House)
In the early 20th century William George Eckhardt (1879-1959) was a pioneer in DeKalb County's leading role in agricultural innovation. Eckhardt, an agronomy professor at the University of Illinois, was an expert in the blossoming field of soil . . . Map (db m198012) HM
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9 Illinois, DeKalb County, DeKalb, DeKalb Township — Sherret S. Chase(1918-2021)
Hybrid corn results from the cross of two inbred parents, each of which is developed by selfing (in-breeding) a corn line for 6-8 generations until it is mostly homozygous. Corn plants are diploid with one set of chromosomes coming from the . . . Map (db m230907) HM
10 Illinois, DeKalb County, Malta — Illinois Lincoln HighwayThe First Seedling Mile in the Country
Work commenced in September of 1914 on the “First Seedling Mile” in Malta, Illinois. This construction was key to the Lincoln Highway, which runs from Times Square in New York City, to Lincoln Park in San Francisco. Planned in 1913 by the . . . Map (db m230825) HM
11 Illinois, DeKalb County, Malta — Illinois Lincoln HighwayMobilizing the Country Changed Society
Illinois, in the heart of the nation, has always been a crossroads state. The country's great transportation arteries – the Great Lakes, the Mississippi and Ohio Rivers, the railroads, the interstate highway system – all intersect through . . . Map (db m230864) HM
12 Illinois, DeKalb County, Malta, Malta Township — Lincoln HighwayVillage of Malta — Putting Malta on the map —
Malta is proud to be the home to the “First Seedling Mile” on the Lincoln Highway. This first strip of paved road was made to use as a “show and tell” demonstration of the advantages of travel on concrete verses mud, in an effort to obtain . . . Map (db m230865) HM
13 Illinois, DeKalb County, Malta, Malta Township — Lincoln Highway Seedling Mile
The Lincoln Highway was the first transcontinental, hard surface roadway in the United States. The Highway traversed 3,384 miles and twelve states - beginning in New York City and ending in San Francisco. Planned in 1913 by the Lincoln Highway . . . Map (db m230868) HM
14 Illinois, DeKalb County, Malta, Malta Township — MaltaThe Seedling Mile — The Lincoln Highway in Illinois —
The Lincoln Highway’s first Seedling Mile of paved highway was built in Malta. This strategically chosen location demonstrated the need for better roads, showing the stark contrast between travel on concrete versus mud. From concept to completion, . . . Map (db m233236) HM
15 Illinois, DeKalb County, Malta, Malta Township — The Lincoln Highway – The nation's first coast-to-coast highway!Rich in History and Culture
In 1913, Carl Fisher proposed the “Coast to Coast Rock Highway”. Eager to put America on wheels, executives from automobile and tire manufacturers quickly joined in the effort. At the inaugural meeting on July 1, 1913, the newly elected President, . . . Map (db m230819) HM
16 Illinois, DeKalb County, Shabbona — Chief Shabbona
It was 1775, one year before the American Revolution that an Indian boy was born near the banks of the Kankakee River. A boy who would grow up to befriend the new nation's people. His Ottawa parents named him “Shab-eh-nay” (Shabbona), which means . . . Map (db m78301) HM
17 Illinois, DeKalb County, Shabbona — Shabbona
In the early 1800's Shabbona was a principal chief of the Ottowa, Potawatomi, and Chippewa group of tribes which banded together to form "The Three Fires." Shabbona camped briefly in a large grove one-half mile south of here. He fought with the . . . Map (db m31672) HM
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18 Illinois, DeKalb County, Sycamore — Chicago and Northwestern Depot
Constructed in 1880 Listed in the National Register of Historic Places by the United States Department of the InteriorMap (db m230947) HM
19 Illinois, DeKalb County, Sycamore — DeKalb County Farm Bureau
In 1912, an enterprising and forward-thinking group of farmers, businessmen, and bankers joined together to form the DeKalb County Soil Improvement Association. This grassroots coalition became the DeKalb County Farm Bureau, the first Farm Bureau . . . Map (db m230909) HM
20 Illinois, DeKalb County, Sycamore — DeKalb Swine Breeders
DeKalb Swine Breeders grew from the shared vision of two companies, Lubbock Swine Breeders Inc. (LSB) of Lubbock, Texas, and DeKalb AgResearch, Inc. (DeKalb) of DeKalb, Illinois, that synergistically combined to transform agriculture. LSB began . . . Map (db m230908) HM
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Dec. 7, 2023