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

 8. Northeast Cook County:
     From a Rand, McNally Map, 1882


This Rand McNally map of 1882 again shows the relatively restricted area of building at Niles Center, compared, for instance, with the fast-growing suburb of Park Ridge. It brings out strikingly the way in which Niles Center has been by­passed by the railroads, and how it was dependent for its communications with Chicago on the L.A. and N.C. (Lincoln Avenue and Niles Center) gravel road. It is easy to under­stand the importance of Henry Harms as the builder of this road.

The map also shows, away to the north, the earliest mention of Skokie’s name: Skoky marsh. This was on the site of the present lagoons. Notice also how the Indian Boundary Line has worked into the Street struc­ture at the edge of the lake, where (just below the words Catholic Cemetery) it is Rogers Avenue. Even today, Rogers Avenue exists at intervals across the northern edge of the city, reminding us of its true origins in the treaty with the Potawatami Indians.





Detail from Rand, McNally Map of Cook and DuPage Counties. (Chicago, 1882).
Chicago Historical Society.

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

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