Melrose Park, Illinois (Images of America Series)

Melrose Park, Illinois (Images of America Series)

by Fidencio Marbella


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Melrose Park, Illinois (Images of America Series) by Fidencio Marbella

Originally founded by German immigrants, followed by successive waves of Lithuanians, Italians, and Hispanics, Melrose Park has undergone a series of transformations since its incorporation in 1882. Close proximity to Chicago and the coming of the Chicago and Northwestern Railroad ensured that Melrose Park became a center for manufacturing and heavy industry. Major companies including Benjamin Moore, International Harvester, and the National Malleable Castings Company built plants here, and the town was also known as the headquarters for Polk Brothers. Entertainment and leisure activities have been an important part of life in Melrose Park too. Kiddieland Amusement Park was built in 1929, quickly becoming a popular destination for Chicago area families, and the town was also home to classic movie theaters, the North Avenue Rollerway, and the Come Back Inn, a popular local restaurant. The Feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel is a cherished Melrose Park event that has been celebrated annually since 1894.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780738560939
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing SC
Publication date: 06/24/2009
Series: Images of America Series
Pages: 128
Sales rank: 1,262,511
Product dimensions: 6.30(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.40(d)

About the Author

Melrose Park, with over 200 vintage images—including scenes from the devastating 1920 Palm Sunday twister—provides a vivid illustration of the evolution of Melrose Park over the past century plus. Join Fidencio Marbella and Margaret Flanagan in this pictorial tour of the town’s past.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments 6

Introduction 7

1 Early Days 9

2 Homes and Neighborhoods 27

3 Where We Live 39

4 Corner Stores to Corporate King 49

5 Food, Fun, and Festivals 63

6 The Palm Sunday Twister 85

7 Then and Now 105

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