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Historical Markers and War Memorials in Kane County, Illinois

Clickable Map of Kane 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> Kane County, IL (52) Cook County, IL (676) DeKalb County, IL (20) DuPage County, IL (32) Kendall County, IL (5) McHenry County, IL (38)  KaneCounty(52) Kane County (52)  CookCounty(676) Cook County (676)  DeKalbCounty(20) DeKalb County (20)  DuPageCounty(32) DuPage County (32)  KendallCounty(5) Kendall County (5)  McHenryCounty(38) McHenry County (38)
Geneva is the county seat for Kane County
Adjacent to Kane County, Illinois
      Cook County (676)  
      DeKalb County (20)  
      DuPage County (32)  
      Kendall County (5)  
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1 Illinois, Kane County, Aurora — 17 — 31 North Broadway — Downtown Heritage Tour — 17 —
This building was originally a residence. An early photograph identifies it as the home of E.D. Huntoon, an early settler who came from Maine in 1837. Remnants of that building were found in the form of rough-hewn timber walls (the axe marks are . . . Map (db m170199) HM
2 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
3 Illinois, Kane County, Aurora — Aurora National Bank Building
Erected 1926 as the Aurora National Bank Building Architect: Frank B. GrayMap (db m94243) HM
4 Illinois, Kane County, Aurora — 3 — Aurora Public Library — Downtown Heritage Tour — 3 —
The Aurora Public Library had modest beginnings. Two small groups, "The Young Men's Literary & Historical Society" and "The Young Men's Association" merged in 1859 to become "The Young Men's Literary Association of Aurora". "The Aurora Library . . . Map (db m170246) HM
5 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
6 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 dear Charles . . . Map (db m94259) WM
7 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
8 Illinois, Kane County, Aurora — Dedicated in Memory of Our Fathers — Grand Army of the Republic
Dedicated in memory of ”Our Fathers” Grand Army of the Republic, by the Illinois Department, Daughters of Union Veterans of the Civil War 1861 ☆ 1865 ”Let us have faith, that right makes might and in that . . . Map (db m170252) WM
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9 Illinois, Kane County, Aurora — 1 — Former U.S. Post Office — Downtown Heritage Tour — 1 —
Aurora's east/west rivalry dates back to its beginnings. Arriving in 1834 from New York state, town founder Samuel McCarty constructed two mills on the east bank of the river, and the settlement of "McCarty Mills" grew up around them. The settlement . . . Map (db m170200) HM
10 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. Evans . . . Map (db m148600) HM
11 Illinois, Kane County, Aurora — 9 — Grand Army of the Republic Memorial Hall — Downtown Heritage Tour — 9 —
The Grand Army of the Republic Memorial Hall was built in 1877-1878, and is one of Aurora's most widely recognized landmarks. The hall served as a meeting place for Grand Army of the Republic (GAR) or "Union" veterans of the Civil War. After the . . . Map (db m170248) HM
12 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
13 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 Chicago. . . . Map (db m94241) HM
14 Illinois, Kane County, Aurora — 28 — Old Second National Bank — Downtown Heritage Tour — 28 —
This 1924 building is one of the significant Prairie style designs by George Grant Elmslie. It reflects some of the best features of the Prairie style, such as openings with terra cotta ornament, and the incorporation of sculpture into the design, . . . Map (db m170249) HM
15 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
16 Illinois, Kane County, Aurora — The City of Lights — Aurora, Illinois
Aurora was the first city along the Lincoln Highway with street lights and was among the first in the nation to have them also. Yet again, enhancements to the highway spawned new commerce for communities along the road. With street lights, stores . . . Map (db m170198) HM
17 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
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18 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 are . . . Map (db m94260) WM
19 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
20 Illinois, Kane County, East Dundee — Dundee Veterans Honor Roll
[Names not transcribed]Map (db m94542) WM
21 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
22 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
23 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
24 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
25 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
26 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
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27 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
28 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
29 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
30 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
31 Illinois, Kane County, Galesburg — Colton Park
Dedicated in memory of Chauncey Colton, 1800 - 1885, who along with Silas Willard was instrumental in bringing the first railroad through Galesburg.Map (db m224330) HM
32 Illinois, Kane County, Galesburg — Mexican Railroad Workers
This is dedicated to the memory of the Mexican railroad workers who helped build the railroad during the 1900’s. The workers and their families lived in three railroad camp sites: The Davis St. camp, S. West and Sixth St., Santa Fe camp, W. . . . Map (db m224331) HM
33 Illinois, Kane County, Geneva — Kane County Government Center
These 32 acres and buildings were purchased by the Kane County Board and the Forest Preserve Commission in October 1972 A.D. from The Society of the Missionaries of the Sacred Heart.Map (db m94262) HM
34 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 names of . . . Map (db m94309) WM
35 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 Ridge . . . Map (db m94915) HM WM
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36 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, 1854Map (db m94268) HM
37 Illinois, Kane County, Geneva — Philip B. Elfstrom
Instrumental in bringing minor league baseball to Kane County, Philip B. Elfstrom has served as chairman of the Kane County board, President of the Forest Preserve District of Kane County, President of the National Association of Counties, and was . . . Map (db m232225) HM
38 Illinois, Kane County, Geneva — Philip B. Elfstrom
Instrumental in bringing minor league baseball to Kane County, Philip B. Elfstrom has served as chairman of the Kane County board, President of the Forest Preserve District of Kane County, President of the National Association of Counties, and was . . . Map (db m232227) HM
39 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, Philippines . . . Map (db m94845) WM
40 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 policeman . . . Map (db m94267) HM
41 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
42 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
43 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
44 Illinois, Kane County, Geneva, Geneva Township — JFK Campaign Speech
In his campaign in the Fox Valley for the office of President of the United States John Fitzgerald Kennedy
later elected thirty-fifth President of the United States of America, spoke here to a crowd of citizens of this county on . . . Map (db m230966) HM
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45 Illinois, Kane County, Sugar Grove, Sugar Grove Township — First Settler — Stephen G. Paull
Born 1812 in Bristol, Ontario Co. New York settled in Sugar Grove, Kane Co. Ill. 1838. Died April 26, 1875.Map (db m235297) HM
46 Illinois, Kane County, Sugar Grove, Sugar Grove Township — P. Y. Bliss House
The 1838 Greek Revival Peleg Young Bliss House is an example of post and beam construction, which utilizes large wooden timbers joined together with wooden pegs. While this construction technique was commonly used in homes, churches, barns and . . . Map (db m235370) HM
47 Illinois, Kane County, West Dundee — Civil War Memorial
In Memory of Our Departed HeroesMap (db m94554) WM
48 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
49 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 Technology. . . . Map (db m94524) HM
50 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
51 Illinois, Kane County, West Dundee — W. [William] W. & Phebe Welch
First Pioneer Settlers in No. Kane Cty. May 10, 1834Map (db m94543) HM
52 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 between . . . Map (db m94540) HM
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Feb. 21, 2024