This road followed an Indian trail that began in Chicago and went through DuPage, Kane, De Kalb, Boone, and Winnebago Counties to a Winnebago Village at Beloit, Wisconsin. In August, 1832, during the Black Hawk War, United States Army reinforcements . . . — — Map (db m47438) HM
This memorial was constructed using the cornerstone, bricks, doorframe, and windowsills from the former Kinderheim building.
Originally, the building served as a Lutheran foster home for children, from the time it was built in 1925, until 1960. . . . — — Map (db m47431) HM
This monument, made from window sills and steps from the seminary, was erected in 1974 by grateful alumni.
The seminary was relocated in 1913 to River Forest, Illinois, and is now named Concordia College.
Matt 28:19 – Go ye and teach all . . . — — Map (db m47436) HM
Site of the first building of St. Paul Lutheran School which served as school and teacherage, home, and youth center (1849-1974). Henry Bartling, first teacher (1849-1891) also served as Addison postmaster for over 50 years. — — Map (db m47429) HM
Addison’s Village Green, a popular site for concerts and other events, has seem three different gazebos constructed at this site.
The first, dedicated in 1965, was built in Rome, Italy in 1873 and then brought to Addison by Joseph Incandella. It . . . — — Map (db m47432) HM
This monument is in the shape of a five-pointed star when viewed from above. On each arm of the star is an emblem of the one of the five military services; Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines and Coast Guard. Between each arm is the . . . — — Map (db m47440) HM
Bruno F. Shustek
Sept 10, 1899 - July 6, 1930
In honor of Bruno F. Shustek, who gave his life attempting a daring midair rescue of parachutist Mary Fahrney, just northwest of this site, on July 6, 1930.
This pond was . . . — — Map (db m119952) HM
The Farmer's and Merchant's Bank Building was built in 1892 for the first bank in Downers Grove. The bank was organized on May 10, 1892. The officers of the bank included Charles Curtiss, President, W.A. Tope, M.D., Vice President, and W.H. Edwards, . . . — — Map (db m60037) HM
In 1856, Samuel Curtiss donated part of his sheep pasture for use as a cemetery. He was later paid $15 for the land, money from individuals who formed a cemetery association in 1864. Nearly 100 members of Downers Grove's early families, including . . . — — Map (db m60038) HM
In the early days this was the entrance to the cemetery since the original Main Street was one block west of present day Main Street. For this reason, as you will note, most of the inscriptions on the gravestones are facing west.
As a result of . . . — — Map (db m60039) HM
Architects Fugard & Knapp designed this temple in 1924 for Grove Lodge No. 824, Ancient Free and Accepted Masons. The Lodge was chartered October 4, 1893. Charter members included E.E. Downer, G.E. Downer, M.B. Downer, T.S. Rogers, Charles Mochel, . . . — — Map (db m60036) HM
Immediately north of this marker runs the Indian Boundary Line which was established on Aug 24, 1816 by a treaty between three U.S. commissioners and the Chippewa, Ottawa and Potawotami Indians to provide a corridor between Lake Michigan and the . . . — — Map (db m60035) HM
Moses Stacy, soldier in the War of 1812, arrived here in 1835. This inn, built in 1846 and his second home, was a halfway stop between Chicago and the Fox River Valley and a probable stage stop for Rockford-Galena coaches. For many years the . . . — — Map (db m97573) HM
Near this site in 1832 a 100-foot square stockade enclosed by wooden pickets, with two blockhouses on diagonal corners, was built. Here Captain Morgan L. Payne and his company of forty-five men protected the settlers from roaming Sauk Indians during . . . — — Map (db m97574) HM
The Ben Fuller House is one of, if not the oldest surviving buildings in DuPage County. The farmhouse was built sometime between 1835 and 1842 by Benjamin Fuller, one of DuPage County’s earliest settlers. Mr. Fuller reportedly arrived to the area . . . — — Map (db m48058) HM
Largest in northeastern Illinois, burst forth in 1861
and was used for domestic and irrigation purposes
pumping 150 gallons per minute, furnished through wood
conduit the total water supply for Elmhurst from 1889-1916
The . . . — — Map (db m33626) HM
Wayne Village was founded as a settlement by Solomon Dunham, after the Galena and Union tracks were completed in 1850. (Later called the Chicago Northwestern R.R.) The founder of the settlement was appointed the first station master, postmaster, and . . . — — Map (db m57842) HM
Dedicated to the valor of all Americans who fought for their country. Established by trustees of the Robert R. McCormick Charitable Trust as a memorial to Colonel Robert R. McCormick who served in France with the 5th Field Artillery, First . . . — — Map (db m70911) WM
The Chicken Basket was established in 1946 born out of a gas station next door that sold fried chicken. It was a Blue Bird bus stop as well as a restaurant and used to have ice skaters on the roof to attract Route 66 travelers. It became Dell Rhea's . . . — — Map (db m157104) HM
Most businesses on Route 66 began as combinations of gas stations, garages, and lunch counters. At the Chicken Basket, tasty food won out over gasoline sales. Throughout the 1940s and 50s, hungry travelers flocked to the popular restaurant. But in . . . — — Map (db m157100) HM