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

Plainfield, Illinois Historical Markers

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By William Fischer, Jr., April 7, 2016
Boxcar and Boxcars Marker
Illinois (Will County), Plainfield — Boxcars

As early as the 1830s the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad had invented the two-truck car. The design consisted of two sets of trucks or wheel housings, that held two axles each, for a total of eight wheels on each car. Springs were mounted in-between . . . — Map (db m94153) HM

Illinois (Will County), Plainfield — Caboose

The origin of the caboose is uncertain, but the generally accepted story of its creation is that Nat Williams, a freight conductor on the Auburn & Syracuse Railroad during the 1840s made it his custom to sit on a box or barrel in the last car . . . — Map (db m94156) HM

Illinois (Will County), Plainfield — Civil War Memorial

[Honor Roll of Veterans by company and unit, largely illegible] —————————— This memorial had been dedicated to those of the Plainfield area who gave their all for their country . . . — Map (db m94077) HM

Illinois (Will County), Plainfield — Downtown Historic District — National Register of Historic Places - 2013 — Plainfield Historic Preservation Commission

Plainfield has maintained a link to its heritage by preserving its historic architecture. The Downtown Historic District encompasses 50 properties along both sides of Lockport Street between Division Street on the east and James and Main . . . — Map (db m94115) HM

Illinois (Will County), Plainfield — E J & E Depot No. 4 — [Elgin, Joliet & Eastern Railway]

Built by 1887, this wood-framed depot was located originally on the south side of the railroad tracks at Center Street, approximately 1.25 miles east of the present site. Now sited along a later spur line, the depot originally served the main . . . — Map (db m94144) HM

Illinois (Will County), Plainfield — Erwin E. Wood — With Trust Unfaltering We Await

Born on farm in Plainfield, Feb. 6, 1848 1860-63 Student Northwestern College 1864 — Private Company C, 132d Illinois Volunteers, Civil War 1865-70 Student Northwestern University 1870-73 Editor & Publisher News, Covington, Neb. . . . — Map (db m94079) HM

Illinois (Will County), Plainfield — Great American Crossroads in Illinois — Illinois Lincoln Highway

The two longest highways in America, the Lincoln Highway and Route 66 intersect in Plainfield and Joliet Illinois. This famous historic crossroads intersects for three blocks [in] the heart of downtown Plainfield with road signs to mark where . . . — Map (db m119937) HM

Illinois (Will County), Plainfield — Interurban Transportation — Illinois Lincoln Highway

Prior to the onset of paved roads like the Lincoln Highway public transportation in the form of an electric passenger railroad known as interurban enjoyed widespread popularity. These light rail lines were mainly electrified operating with . . . — Map (db m94170) HM

Illinois (Will County), Plainfield — Jesse Walker — 1766 - 1835

This monument was erected by Methodists North and South, and was dedicated by the Rock River Conference assembled in Joliet September Twenty-Seventh, Nineteen Hundred Eleven, in memory of

Jesse Walker 1766 - 1835

Susannah, his wife . . . — Map (db m94041) HM

Illinois (Will County), Plainfield — Masonic Block Building Landmark — Built 1892 — Queen Anne

Designed by - John Edward Minott Built by - Plainfield Lodge No. 536 - A. F. & A. M. — Map (db m94111) HM

Illinois (Will County), Plainfield — Opera House Block Building Landmark — Built 1899 — Queen Anne

Built by - C.W. Marks Restored by - C. W. Habiger — Map (db m94095) HM

Illinois (Will County), Plainfield — Plainfield House — C.1838
. . . — Map (db m132022) HM
Illinois (Will County), Plainfield — Plainfield House
This was the site of the Arnold Tavern, first government franchised Post Office in present day Will County (1834-1845). The present building was the home of Dr. E.C. Wight, one of the first physicians in northern Illinois (1836), and a post-house . . . — Map (db m132023) HM
Illinois (Will County), Plainfield — Plymouth Congregational Church

This Greek Revival frame building, now known as Plymouth Congregational Church, was built in 1850 and dedicated 14 January 1851 by the members of the Plainfield Congregational Church who organized their congregation in the mid 1830s.

The . . . — Map (db m94082) HM

Illinois (Will County), Plainfield — Reuben and Betsey K. Flagg

Reuben Flagg Died Nov. 9. 1869 in his year of his age Was one among the four first families that settled in Will Co. A pioneer in the advance guard of the western emigration 1830 Hauled the lumber to build the first . . . — Map (db m94078) HM

Illinois (Will County), Plainfield — The Development of Downtown Plainfield — Downtown Plainfield Historic District

First Plat of "Planefield" Chester Ingersoll platted the "Town of Planefield" in August 1834 north of the settlement at Walker's Grove. It was a modified grid plan of thirteen nearly square blocks with a formal Public Square at the . . . — Map (db m94140) HM

Illinois (Will County), Plainfield — 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 . . . — Map (db m94168) HM

Illinois (Will County), Plainfield — Village of Plainfield — A Suburban Showcase — Lincoln Highway

Plainfield is reported to be the oldest community in Will County, situated along the DuPage River it quickly became a summer suburban vacation spot for much of northern Illinois. Before automobile travel on the Lincoln Highway became the . . . — Map (db m94175) HM

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