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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.
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Douglas Ave.
Chicago Street
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Modern Elgin
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Aerial View
Elgin Skyline
Greetings From Elgin
Greetings From Elgin (1975)

The Elgin Academy

By 1838, The citizens of Elgin were turning their eyes toward higher education. The Elgin Academy had been chartered by the State of Illinois, but there was no money left over to begin instruction. Another college was planned by the Free Will Baptists in 1848, but those plans were shelved. That site was purchased in 1855 under the guidance of Dr. Joseph Tefft. On December 1, 1856 the school opened their doors to students, under the direction of Robert Blenkiron, a Christ College (Cambridge, Mass) graduate.

The Elgin Academy was unique among private schools at the time for its welcoming of students from all denominations. Since there was no electricity, scholars studied by candlelight at night.

Today, the original building of Elgin Academy, 'Old Main,' houses the Elgin Area Historical Society. More information is available about the society at The Elgin Area Historic Society and Museum Web Page.   The Society  operates a museum open to the public.  

According to Dr. John Cooper, (Head of School, Elgin Academy), Elgin Academy, in continuous operation since 1839, occupies the surrounding campus and currently serves over 400 students from preschool through 12th grade.


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
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