Washburn and Moen Manufacturing Company

Washburn and Moen Manufacturing Company (HMPK4)

Location: North Chicago, IL 60064 Lake County
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Country: United States of America
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N 42° 20.411', W 87° 50.039'

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The Waukegan Works and North Chicago

The Washburn and Moen Manufacturing Company of Worcester, MA. established a wire mill - The Waukegan Works - east of this location along Lake Michigan. The land for its Illinois operation was purchased January 16, 1891, on the recommendation of its advisers: Philip W. Moen, Charles G. Washburn, Fred H. Daniels, and Edwin Lenox and included much of the Elisha Wadsworth estate. In March 1891, on forty acres, construction of the mill complex was started. By September, a galvanizing operation began. In November the company's subdivision, the Waukegan Highlands, was platted west of the mill. The first wire was drawn in December.

In 1892, the company, a principal manufacturer of Glidden barbed wire, introduced Waukegan barbed wire, invented by John D. Curtis.

The establishment of the plant led both an industrial and population boom. Workers from Worcester and immigrants from Finland, Sweden, and Eastern Europe moved to the Washburn and Moen Subdivision. Slovenian workers called the area the "Kompanija" - the Company District. First named South Waukegan, the community that rapidly developed near the mill was later incorporated as North Chicago.

The American Steel and Wire Company, which later became a part of United States Steel Corporation, acquired the mill in 1899. By the 1950's, the plant had become one of Lake County's largest employers. In 1979, the mill was closed for economic reasons.
HM NumberHMPK4
Series This marker is part of the Illinois: Illinois State Historical Society series
Year Placed1995
Placed ByIllinois State Historical Society and North Chicago Center for the Arts
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Date Added Thursday, September 11th, 2014 at 7:45am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)16T E 431300 N 4687884
Decimal Degrees42.34018333, -87.83398333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 42° 20.411', W 87° 50.039'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds42° 20' 24.66" N, 87° 50' 2.34" W
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Area Code(s)847, 224
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 1047-1065 Sheridan Rd, North Chicago IL 60064, US
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