This historic village along the upper Des Plaines River, originally called Vardinís Grove after the areaís first settler, George Vardin, adopted the name of Libertyville in the early 1840s after serving two years as the county seat of the newly established Lake County. In the 1870s, businessman and state legislator Ansel Brainerd Cook built a porticoed mansion, the Cook House, in beautiful Libertyville. Other monuments to be seen in the pages of Libertyville are the estates built throughout the community, including those once owned by railroad and utility tycoon Samuel Insull. At one time, Insull owned 6,000 acres of land in the town. Scenes from business, industry, schools, and community fun through the decades complement historic images of the Lake County Fair and even a great train robbery from 1924, one of the largest ever in U.S. history.
Author Bio: Jim Moran has been a veteran news and traffic reporter in Chicago and Lake County radio and is currently on the air with WLS-AM in Chicago. He first joined the Libertyville-Mundelein Historical Society when he was nine years old. His family first came to the area in the early 1900s, and his hometown pride comes through on page after page of Libertyville.
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