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A new history for an old icon, the Stewart House
Perhaps the most well known of the buildings that no longer grace Water Street was the Stewart House Hotel. Its history has always been connected with the Underground Railroad and the well-known abolitionist Peter Stewart. But recently I came across a piece of new information which may change all of that.
Wednesday, August 13, 2014
Getting an education in early Braidwood
Perhaps there is no more important measure of a community than its schools. And, although the miners who came rushing into Braidwood in the 19th century were rough, tough people, they knew the value of an education, and like all parents wanted their children to do better than themselves.
Wednesday, August 13, 2014
Hello, can you hear me? The history of the land line
I heard the other day that 65 percent of the people in the United States no longer have a land line. Perhaps I will live long enough that it will become extinct. So before it disappears entirely, I give you the history of the telephone in Wilmington.
Wednesday, August 6, 2014
Before there was Braidwood, there was Reed
In past weeks we looked at the earliest history of Will County. Today we narrow our focus and talk about the earliest history of the place that was to become Braidwood. Set the way back machine to 1859 and hop on board.
Wednesday, August 6, 2014
Taking refuge at Fort Dearborn, following the Ritcheys
For the last two weeks we have been following James Ritchey and his family as they hacked out a life for themselves on the prairies of Will County. When we left them they were fleeing to Fort Dearborn in Chicago, in fear for their lives from Black Hawk and his warriors.
Wednesday, July 30, 2014


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