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The intersection of I-55 and Illinois Route 53, a major north-south road in DuPage Township, became a stopping-off place for travelers after the US government paved Route 66, the "Mother Road," into four lanes in 1959. West Hill Construction Company, or rather "Mr. Dover," launched an advertising campaign that promised housing developments for a youthful population wanting their own home and wide-open spaces to raise children. A 1960 plat map filed in Will County shows the first five lots for Bolingbrook subdivision unit one along Route 53. Within five years, Westbury, Colonial Village, and King's Park were built, and 5,000 people accepted Mr. Dover's invitation to buy a home. Bolingbrook incorporated five years later in October 1965. Today, 50 years later, Bolingbrook contains 23,665 housing units spread over 25 square miles and is home to a diverse population of 74,411. How Bolingbrook grew from "Pathways of the Past and Future" to "A Place to Grow" is an interesting story to celebrate.
ISBN: 9781467114257
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
State: Illinois
Series: Images of America
Images: 211
Pages: 128
Dimensions: 6.5 (w) x 9.25 (h)
Longtime community supporter and Bolingbrook Historic Preservation Commission member Judy Bredeweg spearheaded this book. Other commission members researched photographs that represent the community.
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