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)

Greetings From Elgin

Elgin in the 21st century looks vastly different that it did in this postcard. Everything from the Fanny May Building on the right to the turreted building has been torn down to make way for a municipal parking lot. The Joseph Spiess Company building is still there, but it now serves as office space. Walgreen's, the discount store and Hopp's Bakery (seen in the previous postcard) are now various offices, including the office for Victoria Casino, Elgin's gambling boat.

While Elgin's hopes for being a retail Mecca were dashed with the opening of the nearby Spring Hill Mall, a few specialty shops dot the streets. Some say that Elgin, through the work of organizations like The Gifford Park Association and others, and through funds from the River Boat, will rebound economically.  Some say that urban professionals will be attracted to the beautiful old houses, and restore them to their once luxurious splendor.

Gone are the products that made Elgin a powerful force in the retail and manufacturing trades. The dairy business is gone, the watch business closed its doors in the1960's and the shoe factory has been converted into condominiums. Whatever Elginís future holds, one fact will always remain: Elgin will always be remembered as having an integral part in the growth of our country.



Elgin Today


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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