Skokie A Community History Using Old Maps

Skokie Historical Society

Chicago Neighborhood History Project

Hermon Dunlap Smith Center for the History of Cartography at the Newberry Library

 14. Niles Township: From the Geological Quadrangles,


This detail is from a map showing surficial geology, and is based on the U.S. Geological Survey map of 1926. The original is brightly colored, and shows the tongues of sandy deposit reaching down from the north, roughly on the lines of the area of prairie shown on maps 1 and 4.


This map also sets out the pattern which many new roads in the area would take, some dividing the residential blocks into east-west quadrangles, and others north-south ones. It was in view of this impending expansion that in 1926 the village incorporated a large area to the north, east and south of the existing boundaries. Notice how this uneven annexation has given present-day Skokie a rather lopsided look. The his≠toric center and the village hall are down in the southwest corner of the newly formed unit.

Reverting to the geological map, notice how few houses there are on the newly-divided land. In fact, the schemes for expansion fell victim to the economic collapse of the late 1920ís, and it would be the 1950ís before houses would actually fill these new sub≠divisions.





Adapted from Surficial Geology of the Evanston Quadrangle (1932) and
Surficial Geology of the Park Ridge Quadrangle (1932)
which use the 1926 U.S. Geological Survey.
Curriculum Library, Chicago Metro History Fair.

The Chicago Neighborhood History Project is Sponsored by the National Endowment for the Humanities through the Skokie Public Library. 

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