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Dunham's Castle
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Home Bank Building
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Sears Academy
Selz Shoe Factory
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Cromwell Shoes
Judge Botsford's Residence
Fire Barn # 1
Fire Barn # 5
Elgin Eagle Beer
Sherman Hospital
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Old People's Home
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Grove Ave 
at Nite.
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Aerial View
Elgin Skyline
Greetings From Elgin
Greetings From Elgin (1975)

West and Front Wing

In 1864, The National Watch Company would receive its first license.  The idea of opening a watch factory in Elgin was the idea of  J. C. Adams.  After visiting The Waltham Watch Company (in Massachusetts) Adams realized that there was no city  in the Midwest that employed a similar trade.  He approached ex-mayor Chicago Mayor Benjamin W. Raymond, about investing start-up money.  Through the help of Governor John P. Altgeldt and the people of Elgin, plans were underway.  

A location on the Dexter farm south of the city at The Fox River was selected as the site for the factory. Silvanus Wilcox, Walter L. Pease, Henry Sherman and Benjamin Raymond (nicked-named "The Four Immortals") would purchase the 171-acre site for $50 an acre. They convinced 7 experienced watchmakers from Waltham (nick-named "The Seven Stars") to oversee their new business venture.  They were promised a five-year contract at five thousand dollars a year, a five thousand dollar bonus and an acre of land.


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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