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ILLINOIS BOOKS & FILES

100 Years of Progress, The Centennial History of Anna, IL. pub:1954
A Timeline of Illinois History

Alton Illinois Illustrated. pub:1912
American Bottom Region of IllinoisClick to Play
Belleville, Illinois - Illustrated. pub:1905
Biography in Black, the history of Streator, Illinois.
Broadwell Inn & Tavern, Clayville, Illinois. [built in 1824] Click to Play
Burma-Shave History. Including over 500 multi-sign advertising messages seen on Illinois and US Highways.
Clarence Darrow, Timeline of His Life and Legal Career.
Constitution of the State of Illinois 1818. pub:1819
Dwight Centennial, 1854-1954: A Great Past - A Greater Future
East Saint Louis, Illinois: Race Riots of 1917 Click to Play
Freeburg, Illinois, Centennial Celebration, 1859-1959
Galena Illinois Guide. pub:1937
Galena Illinois' Old Stockade Used during the Black Hawk War of 1832 Click to Play
Glimpses of Prairie du Rocher, Illinois, history from 1722 to 1942
Historical Encyclopedia of Illinois. pub:1900
Historical Encyclopedia of Illinois, with Commemorative Biographies, Vol 2. pub:1926
History of Belleville, Illinois. pub:1951
History of Gazette Building in Champaign, Illinois.
History of East St. Louis. pub:1875
History of Illinois from its commencement as a state in 1818 to 1847; by Gov. Thomas Ford. pub:1854
History of Mokena, Illinois
History of New Milford, Illinois, 1835-1975
History of Sears Modern Homes and Sears Honor Bilt Homes.
History of the City of Cairo, Illinois. pub:1910
History of the City of Quincy. Illinois. pub:1880 
History of the Illinois Training School for Nurses, 1880-1929. pub:1930
History of the Swedes of Illinois. pub:1908
Illinois Crime Survey, by Illinois Association for Criminal Justice. pub:1929
Illinois in 1818, by Solon Justus Buck. pub:1918
Kinsella Log Cabin (two-story) built in 1854, Fairview Heights, Illinois. [photography by N.Gale] Click to Play
Laws of Illinois, Relating to Cities and Villages. pub:1878

Laws of the Illinois Territory, 1809-1818. pub:1950
Maeystown, Illinois - The Entire Village is on the National Register of Historic Places since 1978.
Nicholas Jarrot Mansion, Cahokia, Illinois - Illinois' Oldest Brick House Blueprints. [completed 1806]
Old Illinois Houses, by John Drury. pub:1941
Origins of Nude Swimming in Illinois Public Schools.Click to Play
Pana, Illinois. pub:1913
Panic of 1893 in Illinois and Chicago.
Past and Present of the City of Rockford and Winnebago County, Illinois. pub:1905
Springfield: the home of Abraham Lincoln. pub:1926
The Early History of Illinois: from discovery by the French in 1673, until cession to Great Britain in 1763.
The First Settler of Evanston and Wilmette - Antoine Ouilmette; 1790-1826.
The Pioneer History of Illinois containing the discovery in 1672.
The Rivalship of Insignificant Villages: Springfield, Illinois and Sangamo Town Development. 1817-1840 
Two hours in Springfield by the Passenger Department of the Chicago and Alton Railroad. pub:1909
Wood River Massacre of 1814, ©William Wilson. pub:2014

Zeigler, Illinois. A Breath Away from Being the Nation's Capitol
 

HISTORY OF ILLINOIS COUNTIES
 

LOST TOWNS OF ILLINOIS

Benjaminville, IllinoisClick to Play
Brownsville, Illinois
Click to Play
Brush Point, IllinoisClick to Play
Bybee, Illinois
Byrneville, Illinois

Caledonia, Illinois
Cardiff, Illinois
Challacombe, Illinois
Chelsea, Illinois
Civer, Illinois
Coltonville, Illinois
East Wenona, Illinois
Elm Point, Illinois
Elton, Illinois
Etherly, Illinois
Green Rock, Illinois
Gretna, Illinois

Griggsville Landing, Illinois
Half Day, Illinois
Halfway, IllinoisClick to Play
Hardscrabble, Illinois 
Harlem, Illinois
Illinoistown, IllinoisClick to Play
Miles Station, Illinois
Millsdale, Illinois
Millville, IllinoisClick to Play
Mormon Town, IllinoisClick to Play
New Philadelphia, Illinois
Noyesville, Illinois
No Man's Land, IllinoisClick to Play
Oak Ridge, Illinois
Ontarioville, Illinois
Orchard Place, Illinois
Papstown, Illinois 

Riverview, Illinois
Sangamo Town, Illinois
Click to Play
Science, IllinoisClick to Play 
Shermerville, Illinois
St. Philippe, Illinois
Tessville, Illinois
Tiedtville, Illinois
Unionville, Illinois
Vishnu Springs, IllinoisClick to Play
Wanborough, Illinois
Weston, Illinois
White Oak Springs, Illinois  
Womac, Illinois


DEFUNCT AMUSEMENT PARKS OF ILLINOIS
HISTORY AND PHOTOGRAPH PRESENTATIONS

Adventureland Amusement Park, Addison, IL. (1961-1977)Click to Play
     aka:  Storybook Park --- name changed to ---> Storybook City, USA, Addison, IL. (1958-1961)
Alexander Park, Princeton, IL. (????-????)

Al Fresco Amusement Park, Peoria Heights, IL. (1905-1944)Click to Play
Auburn Kiddieland, Rockford,  IL. (1921-1942)
    
aka: Central Park Gardens, Rockford, IL.
    
aka: Rockford City Traction Park, Rockford, IL.
Balloon (Amusement) Park, Chicago, IL. (1893)
Black Hawk’s Park, Rock Island, IL. (1882-1927)
     aka: Watchtower Amusement Park, Rock Island, IL.

Brown Derby Park, Thornton, IL. (1930s-1960s)
Central Park Gardens, Rockford, IL. (1921-1942)
    
aka: Auburn Kiddieland, Rockford,  IL.
     aka: Rockford City Traction Park, Rockford, IL.
Chap's Amusement Park, Decatur, IL. (ca.1945-ca.1958)

Chateau de Plaisance, Chicago, IL. (????-????)
Chutes Park (Amusement Park), Chicago, IL. (1894-1907) [full name: Paul Boyton's Water Chutes Park]
Cream City Amusement Park, Lyons, IL. (1905–1908)
Custer Bowery Amusement Park, Kankakee, IL. (1890s-1920s)
Dellwood Park, Joliet, IL. (1905-ca.1938)
Dispensa's Kiddie Kingdom, Elmhurst, IL. [now: Oakbrook Terrace, IL,] (1967-1984)
 
Doc Rivers Raging Rapids Water Park, Oakbrook Terrace, IL. (1987-1989)
     aka: Ebenezer Floppen Slopper's Wonderful Water Slides, Oakbrook Terrace, IL. (1980-1987)
Dreamland Amusement Park, Decatur, IL. (1905-1912)
Dunes Kiddieland, Waukegan, IL. (????-????)
Ebenezer Floppen Slopper's Wonderful Water Slides, Oakbrook Terrace, IL. (1980-1987) 
     aka: Doc Rivers Raging Rapids Water Park, Oakbrook Terrace, IL. (1987-1989)
Electric Park, Chicago, IL. (1897-????)
Electric Park, Sycamore/DeKalb, IL. (1904-1931)
     aka: Electric Park Corners, Sycamore/DeKalb, IL.
Electric Park, Joliet, IL. (????-????)
Electric Park, Kankakee, IL. (1894-1934)
Electric Park, Marion, IL. (????-????)
Electric Park, Plainfield, IL. (1904-1932)
Electric Park Corners, Sycamore/DeKalb, IL. (1904-1931)
     aka: Electric Park, Sycamore/DeKalb, IL.
Elliott’s Amusement Park, Matteson, IL. (1890-1913)
Exposition Amusement Shelter, Peoria, IL. (1926-????)
Exposition Park, Aurora, IL. (1922-1931)
Fairgrounds Park, Danville, IL. (????-????)
Fairyland Amusement Park, Lyons, IL. (1938-1977)Click to Play
Ferris Wheel Park, Chicago, IL. (1896-1903) Click to Play
Forest Park Amusement Park, Forest Park, IL. (1908-1922)Click to Play

     » An In-depth Study of Forest Park Amusement Park: From Cradle to Grave.
Fox River Park, Aurora, IL. (1911-1925)
     aka: Riverview Park, Aurora, IL. (1899-1911)
     » In-depth History of Riverview Park (Fox River Park), Aurora, IL.
Fox River Picnic Grove, Fox River Grove, IL. (????-????)
Freeport Park, Freeport, IL. (????-????)

Fun Fair Amusement Park, Skokie, IL. (1948-1968)
Fun Harbor, Waukegan, IL. (????-????)
Funland Kiddy Park, Dundee, IL. (1959-1972)
Funtown Amusement Park, Chicago, IL. (1960s-1982)Click to Play
     aka: Kiddytown Amusement Park, Chicago, IL. (1950-1960s)

Galesburg Kiddieland, Galesburg, IL. (ca.1952-1972) 
Glen Oak Park, Peoria, IL. (1895-????)
Glenwood Park, Batavia, IL. (1900-ca.1928)  

Glennwood Park & Swimming Pool, Macomb, IL. (????-????)
Gould Park, Morris, IL. (????-????)

Green Oaks Kiddyland, Oak Lawn, IL. (1947-1971)
Harlem Park Amusement Park, Rockford, IL. (1891-1928)
Hasting's Bathing Beach and Amusement Park, Fox Lake, IL. (????-????)
Hawthorn-Mellody Farms and Amusement Park, Libertyville, IL. (1907-1970)

Highland Park (Amusement Park), Quincy, IL. (1872-1919)
Highland Park Kiddieland, Galesburg, IL. (1950s, 1960s)
Hillcrest Park, (Amusement Park), Lemont, IL. (1952-2003)

Hilltop Amusement Park, Richton Park, IL. (c.1960-c.1975)
Hollywood Kiddieland, Chicago, IL. (1949-1974)
Click to Play
Hopkins Park, DeKalb, IL.
(????-????)
I & I Amusement Park, Danville, IL. (????-????)
Jo-Jo Kiddie Land Amusement Park, Chicago Heights, IL. (1950-????)
Joyland Amusement Park, Chicago, IL. (1923-1925)
Joyland Amusement Park, Decatur, IL. (1963-1975)
Joyland Amusement Park, Urbana, IL. (1951-????)
Kiddie Dude Ranch, Lombard, IL. (1940-1960)
Click to Play
Kiddie Kingdom; (Dispensa's) Elmhurst, IL. [now: Oakbrook Terrace, IL.] (1967-1984)
Kiddieland, Galesburg, IL. (ca. 1952-1972) 
Kiddieland, Hollywood, Chicago, IL. (1949-1974)
Click to Play
Kiddieland, Melrose Park, IL. (1929-2009) Click to Play

Kiddieland, Naperville, IL. (???? - mid-1970s)
Kiddieland Park, Rockford, IL. (1950-1962)
     aka:  Sherwood Park Kiddieland, Loves Park, IL. (1962-1967 )
     aka:  Sherwood Park, Loves Park, IL. (1967-1977) 
Kiddieland, Quincy, IL. (????-????)
Kiddie-Land Amusement Park, Springfield, IL. (????-????)

Kiddieville Amusement Park, Niles, IL. (ca.1953-ca.1966)
Click to Play
Kiddies Paradise, Rockford, IL. (????-????)
Kiddyland, Green Oaks, Oak Lawn, IL. (1947-1971)
Kiddytown Amusement Park, Norridge, IL. (1953-1964)
Click to Play
Lansdowne Park, East St. Louis, IL. (1901-1912)
Laurelwood Park, Batavia, IL. (1893-1910s)
Lincoln Land Amusement Park, Effingham, IL. (1977-1988)
Lindbergh Amusement Park, Upper Alton, IL. (1927-????)
Luna Park, Chicago, IL. (1907-1911)
Mackinaw Dells Park, Congerville, IL. (1932-????)
Marshall Park, Belvidere, IL. (1921-1938)

Melrose Park Kiddieland, Melrose Park, IL. (1929-2009) Click to Play

Midway Kiddieland, Spring Valley, IL. (????-????)
Mineral Springs, Sterling, IL. (????-????)
Moline's Prospect Park, Moline, IL. (1911-????)

Mother Goose Gardens, La Salle, IL. (1957-1968)
Naperville Kiddieland, Naperville, IL. (???? - mid-1970s)
Old Catlin Fairgrounds, Catlin, IL. [First "Ferris" wheel kills a young girl] (1876)
Click to Play
Old Chicago Amusement Park, Bolingbrook, IL. (1975-1981)Click to Play

Old Homer Park, (Amusement Park), Homer, IL. (1905-1928)
     aka: Riverside Park, Homer, IL.
Paul Boyton's Water Chutes Park, Chicago, IL. (1894-1907) [common name: Chutes Park, Chicago, IL]
Palace Gardens, Peoria, IL. (1930-????)
Peterson Park, Matoon, IL. (ca.1952-????)

Playland Amusement Park, Willow Springs, IL. [now: Justice, IL.] (1950-1979)
Presters' Park, Belleville, IL. (1908-????)
     aka:  White City, Belleville, IL.
Prospect Park, Moline, IL. (1904-????)

Ravinia (Amusement) Park, Highland Park, IL. (1904-1910)
Ride-A-While, Alton, IL. (????-????)
Riverside Park, Havana, IL. (????-????)  

Riverside Park, (Amusement Park), Homer, IL. (1905-1928)
     aka: Old Homer Park, Homer, IL.
Riverview Amusement Park, Chicago, IL. (1905-1967)
     aka:  Sharpshooters Park, Chicago, IL. (1904-1905)
     » He Takes People for a Ride (Mechanix Illustrated - July 1956) - Riverview Amusement Park in Chicago, IL.
     » Removal of the "African Dip" game from Riverview Amusement Park in Chicago, IL.
Riverview Park, Aurora, IL. (1899-1911)
     aka:  Fox River Park, Aurora, IL. (1911-1925)
     » In-depth History of Riverview Park (Fox River Park), Aurora, IL.
Rockford City Traction Park, Rockford, IL. (1921-1942)
     aka: Auburn Kiddieland, Rockford,  IL.
     aka: Central Park Gardens, Rockford, IL.
Sans Souci Amusement Park, Chicago, IL. (1899-1913)
Sharpshooters Park [Pre-Riverview], Chicago, IL. (1904-1905)
     aka: Riverview Amusement Park, Chicago, IL. (1905-1967)

Sherwood Park Kiddieland, Loves Park, IL. (1962-1967 )
     aka:  Sherwood Park, Loves Park, IL. (1967-1977)
     aka:  Kiddieland Park, Rockford, IL. (1950–1962) 

Shireland Theme Park, Hampshire, IL. (1988) & (1 month in 1991)
Star-Lite Park, Moline, IL. (????-????)
State Street (Amusement) Park, Chicago, IL. (1883-????)

Storybook Park --- name changed to ---> Storybook City, USA, Addison, IL. (1958-1961)
     aka: Adventureland Amusement Park, Addison, IL. (1961-1977)

Storyland Park, Elk Grove, IL. (1957-1961)
Thunder Mountain Rapids, Crestwood, IL. (1992-????)
Trout Park, Elgin, IL. (1909-1922)
Twin Lakes Amusement Park, Paris, IL. (ca.1954-ca.1983)
Vandalia Park, Vandalia, IL. (????-????)
Watchtower Amusement Park, Rock Island, IL. (1882-1927)
     aka:  Black Hawk’s Park, Rock Island, IL.
Webster Park, La Salle, IL. (1908-????)
West End Park, Champaign, IL. (1893-????)
White City, Cairo, IL. (????-????)
White City, Centralia, IL. (1907-????)
White City, Belleville, IL. (1908-????)
     aka: Presters' Park, Belleville, IL.
White City, Springfield, IL. (1906-????)

White City Amusement Park, Chicago, IL. (1905-1933)Click to Play

     » White City Amusement Park - Automatic Vaudeville
     » White City Amusement Park - Ballroom
     » White City Amusement Park - Beautiful Venice
     » White City Amusement Park - Boats and Gondolas
     » White City Amusement Park - Bumps, A New and Novel Pastime
     » White City Amusement Park - Camp of Gypsies
     » White City Amusement Park - Chinese Theatre
     » White City Amusement Park - College Inn Restaurant
     » White City Amusement Park - Cummins' Wild West Indian Congress
     » White City Amusement Park - Double Whirl Ride
     » White City Amusement Park - Electric Theatre [Moving Pictures]
     » White City Amusement Park - Fire Department
     » White City Amusement Park - Fire Show
     » White City Amusement Park - Flying Airships
     » White City Amusement Park - Fun Factory
     » White City Amusement Park - Gum Chewers [Zeno Gum Vending Machines]
     » White City Amusement Park - Hereafter
     » White City Amusement Park - Infant Incubators
     » White City Amusement Park - Johnstown Flood
     » White City Amusement Park - Merry-Go-Round
     » White City Amusement Park - Miniature Railroad
     » White City Amusement Park - Observation Wheel
     » White City Amusement Park - Over and Under the Sea
     » White City Amusement Park - Photograph Gallery [White City Photo Company]
     » White City Amusement Park - Puzzle Garden
     » White City Amusement Park - Scenic Railway
     » White City Amusement Park - Shooting the Chutes
     » White City Amusement Park - Simian City [aka: Dog, Pony and Monkey Circus. or Animal Circus]
     » White City Amusement Park - Temple of Music
     » White City Amusement Park - The Midway 
     » White City Amusement Park - Toboggan [aka: Figure 8 & Double Circle]
     » White City Amusement Park - White City's Hospital
White City Park, Herrin, IL. (1924-ca.1957)
Whoopee Auto Coasters of Illinois (late-1920s to early-1930s)
Wonderland Amusement Park, Danville, IL. (1903-????)
     aka:  Wonder Park, Danville, IL. (1903-????)
Woodlawn Amusement Park, Chicago, IL. (1921) [Never Built]
Zoo Park, Springfield, IL. (1910-????)
 

CHICAGOLAND BOOKS & FILES

A Guide to the City of Chicago, with a map of the city. pub:1868. [pre 1871 Chicago Fire]
55 Chicago History Stories You Probably Were Not Aware Of.
American Negro Exposition 1863-1940, July 4 to Sept. 2, 1940, Chicago, IL.
Bachelor’s Grove Cemetery Haunted History, Midlothian, Illinois
Bygone Days in Chicago; Recollection of the "Garden City" of the Sixties [1860s]. pub:1910
Captain Streeter, Pioneer. pub:1914 [Streeterville Neighborhood of Chicago]
Cemetery History of Early Chicago
Chicago and the Old Northwest, 1673-1835 (inc. Fort Dearborn). pub:1913
Chicago in the early 1800s, an area in transition.
Chicago Loop's Cowpath at 100 W. Monroe - since 1844
Chicago Map Book of 77 Community Areas
Chicago Neighborhoods by City Area and an Alphabetical List of Chicago Communities
Chicago Past and Present; a manual for the citizen, the Teacher and the Student. pub:1906
Chicago Photographers 1847 through 1900, as listed in Chicago City Directories.
Chicago Public Transportation - Street Railways.
Chicago Telephone Exchange Names and History.
Chicago Shelter Cottages - After the Fire of 1871. Click to Play
Chicago Street Renaming Document of 1909
Chicago Street Renumbering Document of 1909
Chicago Street Renumbering Document of 1911 for Chicago Loop Addresses.
Chicago; The Origin and Meaning of the Name.
Chicago's Greatest Issue; an Official Plan. pub:1911
Chicago's Jitney Cab War of 1950
Chicago's Magnificent Melting Pot (Devon Avenue), American Way - American Airlines. June 2015
Chicago’s Smallest Cemetery; the Andreas Von Zirngibl Gravesite.
Chicago’s Underground Freight Railway History & The Great Flood of 1992
Des Plaines, Illinois Centennial Celebration. pub:1935
Dime Museums in Chicago, Illinois [approx. 1890s to 1920s] Click to Play
Early Chicago: as seen by a cartoonist. pub:1947
Everleigh Club, Chicago, Illinois - Most Famous Brothel in USA History. Click to Play
Four Plus One (4+1), Mid Century, Mid Rise Apartment Buildings, Chicago, IL. Click to Play
Guide to the City of Chicago, pub:1862
Geographic Background of Chicago, pub:1926
History of Chicago Alleys
History of Chicago Sidewalk Stamps
History of Chicago from the earliest period to the present time. Vols: 01 (1857) - 02 (1857-1871) - 03 (1871-1885) 
History of Chicago: Its Commercial and Manufacturing Interests and Industry. pub:1862
History of Niles, Illinois - Centennial, 1899-1999
History of Palatine, Illinois - Centennial Book, 1855-1955    
History of the Chicago Police: from Settlement to 1886. pub:1887
History of the Swedish Engineers' Society of Chicago, 1908-1948
History of the Yards 1865-1953. Chicago Union Stock Yards.
Indian Trails and Villages of Chicago and Cook Dupage Will Counties of Illinois 1804
Interstate Industrial Exposition Building, (pre Art Institute) Chicago, Illinois.
Marshall Field Funds and Battles for the Columbian Museum of Chicago
Meigs Field, Chicago, Illinois, Airport History.
Municipal control of tuberculosis in Chicago 1915
Olson Rug Park and Waterfall, Chicago, IL. (1935-1978)
Oscar Mayer Enterprise. Chicago, Illinois Click to Play
Personal experiences during the Chicago fire. pub:1871
Plan of Chicago by Daniel H. Burnham. pub:1909
Raising Chicago Streets Out of the Mud in 1858
Reminiscences of early Chicago and vicinity. pub:1902
Rookery Building, Chicago. Built in 1886
Schwinn Bicycle History; Arnold, Schwinn and Company, Chicago, IL. Click to Play
Skokie Swift, The Commuters Friend. pub:1968.
Soldier Field: A Stadium and its City©. pub:2009
The Alpha Suffrage Record; Volume 1, Number 1, March 18, 1914 [by "Alpha Suffrage Club" of Chicago]
The Story of Jewish Life in Chicago.
Township of Jefferson, Illinois. pub:1911
Uptown Theater in Chicago - Opening Program -1925
Waste Disposal History of Chicago Click to Play
Zenith's Story, a History from 1919.
 

CHICAGO DIRECTORIES

1833-34 Chicago Reverse Directory
1837-1844 Chicago City Directory
1866 Edwards Chicago Directory
1866 Polk Chicago Street Guide
1869-70 Edwards Chicago Directory
1871 Edwards Chicago Directory
1875 Polk Chicago Street Guide
1880 Chicago Reverse Directory
1880 Polk Chicago Street Guide
1885 Polk Chicago Street Guide
1885-86 Chicago Elite Directory
1888-89 Chicago Elite Directory
1890 Chicago Blue Book
1891 Chicago Blue Book
1892 Chicago Blue Book
1892 Chicago Business Street Directory
1892 Polk Chicago Street Guide
1893 Chicago Blue Book
1894 Chicago Blue Book
1895 Chicago Blue Book
1897 Chicago Blue Book
1898 Chicago Blue Book
1900 Polk Chicago Street Guide
1901 Chicago Blue Book
1902 Chicago Blue Book
1903 Chicago Blue Book
1904 Chicago Blue Book
1905 Chicago Blue Book
1906 Chicago Blue Book
1907 Chicago Blue Book
1908 Chicago Blue Book
1909 Chicago Blue Book
1910 Chicago Blue Book
1910 Polk Chicago Street Guide
1911 Chicago Blue Book
1912 Chicago Blue Book
1913 Chicago Blue Book
1914 Chicago Blue Book
1915 Chicago Blue Book
1923 Polk Chicago Street Guide

 

CHICAGO'S FORGOTTEN NEIGHBORHOODS

Cleaverville, Illinois; a Chicago Annexed Neighborhood Click to Play
Hyde Park Township; a Chicago Annexed Neighborhood Click to Play
Jefferson Township / Village of Jefferson; Chicago Annexed Neighborhoods Click to Play
Lee's Place / Hardscrabble; a pre-Chicago Neighborhood Click to Play

Little Sicily "Little Hell" Neighborhood; a Chicago NeighborhoodClick to Play
Mopetown; a Chicago Neighborhood
Click to Play
Pennock, Illinois; a Chicago Annexed NeighborhoodClick to Play
Shanty Town; a Chicago Neighborhood
Swede Town; a Chicago Neighborhood 
Towertown; a Chicago Neighborhood
Click to Play
Town of Lake; Chicago Annexed Neighborhoods
Click to Play
 

TO READ A CHICAGOAN MAGAZINE, CLICK A LINK BELOW (1926-1935)
CLICK HERE TO VIEW ALL THESE CHICAGOAN MAGAZINE COVERS IN ONE FILE
[65mb]
 

Vol. 1, No. 1, June 14, 1926
Vol. 1, No. 2, July 15, 1926
Vol. 1, No. 3, August 1, 1926
Vol. 2, No. 1, September 15, 1926
Vol. 2, No. 2, October 1, 1926
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Century of Progress, Chicago and the World's Fair, 1933
Century of Progress Exhibition of Painting and Sculpture. Art Institute of Chicago 1933
Century of Progress, Horticulture Exhibition
Official Guide Book of the Fair Chicago, 1933
The Abraham Lincoln Exhibit Group, Century of Progress 1833 to1933 Chicago
The Official Pictures of a Century of progress exposition, Chicago, 1934

 

ABRAHAM LINCOLN

Abraham Lincoln, A History: Complete Set of Volumes - 01, 02, 03, 04, 05, 06, 07, 08, 09, 10
Abraham Lincoln. His Life, Public Services, Death and Great Funeral Cortege. pub:1882
Abraham Lincoln in Illinois, a Brief History.Click to Play 
Abraham Lincoln Watermelon Monument in Lincoln, Illinois Click to Play
Abraham Lincoln's Patent No. 6,469 "Buoying Vessels over Shoals" May 22, 1849
Complete works of Abraham Lincoln: Volumes - 01, 02, 03, 04, 05, 06, 07, 08, 09, 10, 11, 12 (Index)
Death of Lincoln, Proceedings in the Supreme Court of Illinois. pub:1865
Grave robbers try to steal President Lincoln’s body in 1876. Click to Play
Herndon's Lincoln: The True Story of a Great Life. pub:1893 - Volumes - 01, 02
"How I Twice Eloped." The only novelette ever sketched by Abraham Lincoln. pub:1901
Jokes told by Lincoln; selected from the Illinois State Historical Library Lincoln collection. pub:1960
Lincoln Article, Chicago Tribune - Funeral of the President, 4-29-1865
Lincoln Article, Chicago Evening Journal - The Grand Arch on Park Place, 5-1-1865
Lincoln Article, Chicago Tribune - The City, The Presidents Funeral, 5-2-1865
Lincoln Letters pub:1913
Mary Todd Lincoln - In the midst of the Great Chicago Fire of 1871. Click to Play
Opinions on 'slavery,' and 'reconstruction of the Union,' as expressed by President Lincoln. pub:1864
Springfield: the home of Abraham Lincoln. pub:1926
Statues of Abraham Lincoln, Augustus Saint-Gaudens, Lincoln Park, Chicago, pub:1887
The first Lincoln and Douglas debate at Ottawa, Illinois, August 21, 1858
The life of Abraham Lincoln, of Illinois. pub:1864

 

FAMOUS & INFAMOUS PEOPLE

Al Capone and Ralph Capone; Responsible for Milk Expiration Dating Laws in Chicago.Click to Play
Al Capone played Santa Claus. A True Story.Click to Play
Arthur Novit, Chicago Police Officer, Superman of the Subway.

Aunt Lizzie Aiken, pub:1880
Dr. Thomas Neill Cream; Serial Killer [1880s Chicago]
Everleigh Club; The Chicago Brothel. Biography of Minna & Ada Everleigh - "Come into my parlor." pub:1934
John Messinger (1771-1846), the Messinger Cemetery & Schoolhouse, Swansea, Illinois. [with photographs]
John Reynolds, Govenor of Illinois and Congressman: History of My Life. pub:1879
[+Black Hawk War]

John V Farwell - a brief description of his life and business. pub:1911
Letters from Illinois. By Morris Birkbeck. pub:1818
Mary E. McDowell Settlement House, Chicago, Illinois

Robert Pershing Wadlow, World's Tallest Man, Alton, Illinois. (1918-1940)
Sergio Oliva; "The Myth" Mr. Universe, Mr. Galaxy, Mr. Olympia, Chicago Police Officer (1941-2012)
Susan Simmons Winans - Last Known Survivor of the Chicago Fort Dearborn Massacre.
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Yellow Kid Weil, the Autobiography of Americas Master Swindler. pub:1948
     » Joseph "Yellow Kid" Weil - A Brief History with Photographs (1875-1976) 
 

ILLINOIS MILITARY HISTORY

Black Hawk War and Illinois' Role. [April to August of 1832] 
Illinois at Shiloh, Report of the Shiloh Battlefield Commission, pub:1905
Illinois Military Units in the Civil War. pub:1962
Memoirs of My Own Times, by General James Wilkinson. pub:1816 - Complete Set of Volumes - 01, 02, 03
Reminiscences of Chicago during the civil war. pub:1914
 

DISASTERS

1871, Great Chicago Fire
1874, Chicago Fire

Cherry, Illinois Mine Disaster Report, by Illinois Bureau of Labor Statistics. pub:1910
Cherry, Illinois Mine Disaster of 1909 [a brief version w/photos]
Coal Famine of 1903 in Chicago, Illinois
Disco Demolition Night at Comiskey Park in Chicago, Illinois, on July 12, 1979
"Favorite" Launch (Boat) Capsizes on Lake Michigan, July 28, 1927
First 'Ferris' Wheel Kills a Girl in Catlin Illinois in 1876Click to Play
Narrative of the massacre at Chicago, Saturday, August 15, 1812, and of some preceding events. pub:1914
Mary Todd Lincoln - In the midst of the Great Chicago Fire of 1871.Click to Play
O'Leary's House in the Great Chicago Fire of 1871
Panic of 1893 in Illinois and Chicago.
Personal experiences during the Great Chicago Fire. pub:1871
"Silver Spray" Shipwreck on Morgan Shoal, Chicago, Illinois
The Great Chicago Theater Disaster, (Iroquois Theater Fire of 1903) Story told by Survivors. pub:1904
 

MAPS AND BIRD'S EYE VIEWS
HIGH-RES PDF FILES. ZOOMABLE (+/-)

1804 Indian Trails and Villages of Chicago and Cook, Dupage,and Will Counties of Illinois
1820 Chicago Lithography
1833 Chicago Map (from Chicago Tribune 1933 edition) 
1868 Bird's-Eye View Chicago from Shiller St North to 12th St South
1871 Bird's-Eye Map of Burnt District Chicago, Illinois
1871 Chicago Fire Burnt Area
1874 Bird's-Eye View Chicago, Illinois
1893 Bird's-Eye Grand View of Chicago, Illinois
1893 Bird's-Eye View Chicago, Illinois
1898 Bird's-Eye View Business District Chicago, Illinois
1902 Terminals of the Chicago and North Western Railroad
1908 Bird's-Eye Elevated Railroads in Chicago, Illinois
1916 Bird's-Eye View of Chicago Illinois Business District
1950 Chicago Demographics Map; published by the City of Chicago
1950s Morton Arborietum Map, Lisle, Illinois
 

ILLINOIS ROADS

All Illinois Highways
Illinois Route 66 Road Map showing all 3 alignments. [high-resolution. zoom (+/-)]
The first 25 years of the Route 66 Association of Illinois newsletter; "The 66 News."
  1989 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001  
  2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013    
The Traveler's Directory for Illinois, pub:1839
 

ODDS & ENDS

Auto Stove Works, New Athens, IL. - Auto Stoves and Ranges for 1935-36; Catalog No 17.
Chicago Public School (CPS) Cafeteria Butter Cookie Recipe
Chicago Public School (CPS) Cafeteria Peanut Butter Cookie Recipe
The Jungle, by Upton Sinclair. pub:1906

 

INTERNET RESOURCES

Abraham Lincoln Papers at the Library of Congress
Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum, Springfield, Illinois
Abraham Lincoln Research Site
Calculate Duration Between Two Dates
Calculator; Inflation Calculator; Time-Money Calculator
Chicago Street Renaming Document of 1909
Chicago Street Renumbering Document of 1909
Chicago Street Renumbering Document of 1911 for Chicago Loop Addresses.
Chicago Tribune Archives
Illinois Digital Archives
Illinois Digital Newspaper Collections
Illinois Genealogy Trails
Illinois History Project
Lincoln-Douglas Debates
Looking for Lincoln Heritage Coalition
Map Tools
Northern Illinois Historic League
What the Elements of the Municipal Flag of Chicago Mean.
 

 

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