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Grove Ave 
at Nite.
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Greetings From Elgin (1975)

F. W. Woolworth's 

Fewer things are more American than the 5 and Dime store.  Perhaps, the best known chain was created by a New Yorker named Frank Winfield Woolworth.   The first "Woolworth's" opened in 1879 in Utica, New York.  Unfortunately, it closed the same year it opened, but Woolworth would have better success with a store he opened in Lancaster, Pennsylvania.  By 1911, Woolworth's  was a corporation and could boast over 1,000 stores in its fleet.  In 1913, The Woolworth Building in New York City was the highest building in the world, measuring in at almost 800 feet.

During the heyday of Downtown Elgin, Grove Avenue, Douglas Avenue, Chicago Avenue and others were beehives of activities.  Shoppers scurried  from shop to shop, seeking clothes, school supplies, or even a new car.  Some of stores that catered to these shoppers were The Theo Swan Department Store, Sears, Akemans, Kresge and, of course, Woolworth's.  Originally housed in The Perlman Building, Woolworth constructed  a building in 1940-41 on the corners of Grove and DuPage,  next door to The Burritt Building.  In addition to supplying Elgin-ites with many of the staples of daily living, it also featured a lunch counter.

The Woolworth chain folded in the late 1980's.  The Elgin store closed its doors in January 11, 1982.  The last meal was served on Christmas Eve of 1981.  The remodeled building is used today as The Elgin Parks and Recreation offices.  


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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