Western Kankakee County

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Kankakee County, named after the Kankakee River, was created in 1853 by an act of the Illinois Legislature. The western portion of the county is an extensive geographic area even though it has only a handful of small towns. Nestled in swaths of farmland, which serve as the foundation of the area, the villages of Herscher, Irwin, Bonfield, Buckingham, Limestone, Cabery, Reddick, Essex, and Union Hill make up Western Kankakee County. In addition to farming, all of these towns owe their existence to the coming of the railroads beginning in 1878. Wherever a railroad decided to build a station, a settlement became a town. Settlements that were bypassed by the railroads vanished. Today, the region’s agricultural heritage is on proud display as farming remains the biggest economic factor, along with the Herscher School District and the gas pipeline storage area. The communities of Western Kankakee County continue to be great places to work and play.
ISBN: 9781467107211
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
State: Illinois
Series: Images of America
Images: 277
Pages: 160
Dimensions: 6.5 (w) x 9.25 (h)
Jim Ridings is a former newspaper reporter and editor who has won a number of awards for investigative reporting at newspapers in Ottawa and Aurora. He is the author of 30 local history books, several of which have won awards from the Illinois State Historical Society. He was presented a Studs Terkel bronze medal from the Illinois Humanities Council in 2006.
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