Tragedy on the Tracks

In the early 1920s Lake County was witness to several horrible train accidents on the Soo Line. The Soo Line was part of the Canadian Pacific Railway and ran through western Canada and much of the Midwest, including downtown Mundelein. While the railroad helped bring prosperity and supplies to the area, it also brought tragedy.…

The Chautauqua in Libertyville

Entertainment in the early part of the 20th century was different from our experiences today. Fairs and festivals offered a type of communal and collective form of entertainment unknown in the present. During the 1900s to the mid-1920s the circuit or tent Chautauqua, a cross between a traveling show and a lecture series, offered a…

Check Out Astronomy Binoculars at Cook Library!

Cook Memorial Library is now offering a set of astronomy binoculars. What better way to enjoy a summer evening than to observe the night sky! The super-powered binoculars allow close-up viewing of the moon, stars, and nearby planets. The astronomy binoculars kit includes a binder with moon-viewing ideas, information on the night sky, and activities…

1960s Libertyville Floods

Major floods were never a problem in Libertyville until 1938 (see previous post). After that, all was relatively dry in town until, within a two-year period in the early 1960s, Libertyville again was hit by major flooding. Although different areas throughout the village were affected by the flood waters, the damage seemed to be the…

1938 Libertyville Floods

For many years, Libertyville‚Äôs biggest problem was probably flooding. Natural bodies of water such as lakes and rivers are often fun or picturesque.¬† However when the conditions were right they could quickly turn into a terrifying site, enveloping roads, businesses and homes. The Libertyville area is known to have approximately 50 floods, ranging from minor…