River Forest, Illinois

River Forest, Illinois (HM1S3N)

Location: River Forest, IL 60305 Cook County
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Country: United States of America
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N 41° 52.942', W 87° 49.267'

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Proud Heritage - Bright Future

The site of present-day River Forest was once home to prehistoric Native Americans, who constructed large effigy mounds throughout the region. Soon after the American Revolution Chippewa, Menominee, and Potawatomi Indians moved onto the landscape, but by 1835 most native tribes were gone, complying with terms of the 1833 Treaty of Chicago.
On the east bank of the Des Plaines River, a steam powered sawmill built in the 1830s provided lumber for an expanding population. Its future co-owner, Ashbelle Steele, was the first European settler in the county, arriving in 1836. In 1859 he contracted for the landmark brick "Harlem School." The Pennsylvania Turnpike (now Lake Street), was laid out in 1842 and one of the first planked roads in America. In 1880 prosperous settlers influenced by the temperance movement incorporated River Forest. The town installed electric street lights in 1890. In 1914 the River Forest Park District purchased Washington Square to prevent an ice manufacturer from coming into town. Likewise, the Forest Preserve District of Cook County purchased a portion of Thatcher Woods in 1917 to preserve an oak savanna. The town grew from 1,000 residents in 1894 to 8,829 by 1930. The River Forest Tennis Club (1905), with its showcase Frank Lloyd Wright clubhouse, was home to the National Clay Courts Championship from 1935-1966. Trailside Museum, a converted Victorian mansion built by Abraham J. Hoffman in 1874, is a local nature center.
HM NumberHM1S3N
Year Placed2012
Placed ByPatrick Yerkes, Troop 65, Eagle Scout Project, Illinois Historical Society
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Saturday, May 7th, 2016 at 5:01pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)16T E 431871 N 4637041
Decimal Degrees41.88236667, -87.82111667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 41° 52.942', W 87° 49.267'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds41° 52' 56.52" N, 87° 49' 16.02" W
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Area Code(s)708, 630
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling North
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 15 Forest Ave, River Forest IL 60305, US
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