Matteson, Illinois (Images of America Series)

Matteson, Illinois (Images of America Series)

by Paul W. Jaenicke
     
 

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The village of Matteson was founded in 1855 and named after the 10th governor of Illinois, Joel Matteson. German immigrants were the area's first settlers, seeking agriculture and business opportunities. The Illinois Central and Michigan Central Railroads provided the stimulus for the growth of one of the first communities to the south of Chicago. The area became

Overview


The village of Matteson was founded in 1855 and named after the 10th governor of Illinois, Joel Matteson. German immigrants were the area's first settlers, seeking agriculture and business opportunities. The Illinois Central and Michigan Central Railroads provided the stimulus for the growth of one of the first communities to the south of Chicago. The area became popular in the 1890s, when Chicago residents rode special trains to visit the amusement park run by Moses and Freeman Elliott. By the mid-20th century, the town had established itself as a growing bedroom community due to the electrification of the Illinois Central suburban service in 1926 and an increase in residential housing designed for American GIs returning home after World War II. Transportation has always played a key role in the development of the village, which sits at the crossroads of America's first land grant railroad, the Illinois Central, and the country's first transcontinental road, the Lincoln Highway. Since the 1970s, Matteson has grown into

a vibrant retail and commercial area for Chicago's south suburbs.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780738540870
Publisher:
Arcadia Publishing SC
Publication date:
08/23/2006
Series:
Images of America Series
Pages:
128
Sales rank:
1,193,251
Product dimensions:
6.40(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.50(d)

Meet the Author


The photographs presented in this book are from the collection of the Matteson Historical Society and from longtime residents who lived in the community. Paul W. Jaenicke is a historian and preservationist with an avid interest in the history of Matteson and the south suburbs. He has given talks and written articles pertaining to the development of transportation in the area.

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