Schools & Churches
Elgin Academy
Elgin High School
Franklin School
1st. Congregationalist Church
St. Mary's Church
St. John Ev. Lutheran Church
Ev. Lutheran Church of Holy Spirit
Methodist Church
 Episcopal Church
Grant School
Borden Library
City Hall
Cook Publishing
Brethren Publishing 
Dunham's Castle
Elk's Club
Ill. State Armory 
Home Bank Building
Professional Building
Post Office
Sears Academy
Selz Shoe Factory
Masonic Temple
H. Kind 
Hubbard Block
Cromwell Shoes
Judge Botsford's Residence
Fire Barn # 1
Fire Barn # 5
Elgin Eagle Beer
Sherman Hospital
Resthaven Sanitarium
St. Joseph's Hospital
Larkin Children's Hospital
Elgin State Hospital Annex
Old People's Home
Grove Ave.
Grove Ave 
at Nite.
North on Grove
Douglas Ave.
Chicago Street
Villa Street
Highland & Larkin Avenues
Modern Elgin
Grove Ave. (Mod)
Aerial View
Elgin Skyline
Greetings From Elgin
Greetings From Elgin (1975)

Each year, The Elgin Area Historic Society hosts an Annual Cemetery Walk at Bluff City Cemetery.  Here's me portraying Department Store owner Theodore F. Swan.

I have long resisted placing an "About Me" page on this site - it seemed rather vain.  However, everything that I know about web site construction and everything that I have read states that if a web site doesn't disclose information about the webmaster, the reader has no way of determining if the site is accurate and credible.

I (James McDunn) hold a Bachelor of Arts degree in Television Production from Columbia College Chicago and a Master of Arts Degree in Media from Northeastern Illinois University.  I am currently pursing a Doctorate Degree in Instructional Technology from Northern Illinois University.  

I am a Media Instructor for School District U-46 (Elgin) as well as teaching Speech at many of the Community Colleges in the Chicago-land area, Elgin Community College being one.  

As of January of 2005, I have been elected to sit on the Board of Directors of the Elgin Area Historical Society.  

While I have previously stated it, I think it deserves repeating.  The research contained on this site was derived from the writings of such esteemed authors as Hazel Belle Perry (Courier News), Jim and Wynette Edwards (Elgin, Illinois) and through the help of members from The  Elgin Area Historic Society and The Gifford Park Association..  However, if it wasn't for the tireless researching of E.C. (Mike) Alft, this site would not exist.  You can visit Mr. Alft's site at: Elginhistory.com

Fox River
Chgo St Bridge
Chgo Bridge at night
Kimball  Bridge
Walton Island
Pumping Station
Elgin Nat'l 
Watch Co.
West & Front Wing
Noon at Factory
The Main Entrance
National House
Elgin Watchmakers College
Il. Watch 
Case Factory
Eppenstein's Home
N. Y. World's Fair
My Elgin's All Right
Gifford Park
Veteran Monument
Lord's Park
Scenic View
Upper Lake
Band Stand
Audubon Museum
Pavilion At Night
Pavilion in Wintertime
Bear Pit
Trout Park
Trout Park  Amusement Park
Sulfur  Springs
(Wing Park)
Wing Park
Swimming Pool
Band Concert
(Wing Park)
Weldwood Country Club
Central Park
Bridge over Tyler Creek
Windmill on Aurora Elgin RR
Kelley Hotel
Hotel Fosgate
Fox Hotel
Dairy Cows
Other Elgins
Elgin, Texas
Elgin, Minnesota
Elgin Oregon
Elgin, Arizona