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)

Highland and Larkin Avenues

Elgin is a highly concentrated series of streets with  none of them running in a straight line for very long.  The city is surrounded by forest preserves on the east, north and west and undeveloped land on the south (although South Elgin is a city of some 45,000 people).  

While the streetcars are long gone, this corner is still there.  On the land that makes up the split are two gray houses that are mirror-identical versions of one another.  To see what Highland Ave. looks like today, Press Here.  

This area must have been a favorite for postcard photographers.  In addition to this image, I recently came across another view of this same corner, but with snow on the ground.  To see that view, Press Here.

Collecting postcards is slightly like having children - none of them are your favorite, but this card holds a special place in my heart.  It reminds me of the 2001-2002 school year.  Every day, I would travel from Gifford Street High School, on the east side of the river, to Larkin High School, on the west side of the river, to teach at The Visual and Performing Arts Academy.  Just like none of your kids are your favorites, none of your students are your favorite either, but those goofy, spunky, creative, wonderful Academy kids will always have a place in my heart!

To see an Arial View of the intersection of Highland and Villa, Press Here. 


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
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