The newest addition to Arcadia Publishing’s popular Images of America series is Glenwood from local author Ken Bult. The book boasts more than 200 vintage images and memories of days gone by.
The village of Glenwood, Illinois, was founded in 1846 as Hickory Bend—a good name considering the abundance of hickory trees in the area and the winding Thorn Creek, then known as Hickory Creek, running through it. The village most likely would have remained a small farming community had it not been for the decision of the Chicago, Danville and Vincennes Railroad to lay tracks through Hickory Bend. The settlement grew as the railroad developed.
Glenwood is situated on the ancient coast of Lake Michigan known as the Glenwood Shoreline and is home to the Glenwood Manual Training School. Founded in 1887 with the help of Robert Todd Lincoln, the school became a residential institution for boys ages 8 through 16 who needed a home for one reason or another.
Highlights of Glenwood:
• The Glenwood Shoreline is an ancient shoreline that represented the edge of Lake Chicago.
• Job Campbell and John Baron were the first white men to settle in the area in 1838.
• In 1889 Milton George donated 300 acres of farmland in Glenwood known as “Rural Glen” to what would one day become the Glenwood School for Boys and Girls.
• Mt. Glenwood Memory Gardens became the first cemetery in the Chicago area to bury African-Americans.
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