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From its beginnings as one of the first stops on the Illinois Central Railroad in 1853, to its position as "the jewel of the south suburbs" today, Homewood has had a rich and varied history. Located 25 miles south of Chicago, Homewood has capitalized on its location along a major rail line, Canadian National Railway today, and the network of interstate expressways that continue to fuel its growth and prosperity. This access to transportation allowed the industrious Gottschalk family to make a fortune selling hay to Chicago's stockyards and, later, bricks to communities throughout the area. Rail access, combined with the abundance of hayfields surrounding Homewood, allowed the area to be transformed into a golfer's paradise at the start of the 20th century and into a suburban bedroom community by mid-century.
ISBN: 9781467127271
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
State: Illinois
Series: Images of America
Images: 224
Pages: 128
Dimensions: 6.5 (w) x 9.25 (h)
James R. Wright, lifelong Homewood resident, longtime historian, and vice president of the Homewood Historical Society, has selected some of the best images from the society's photographic archives to illustrate a visual journey through Homewood's early years, providing perfect insight into why generations call this beloved community “Home Sweet Homewood."