The last horse in town: The rise of the automobile in Libertyville and Mundelein: 1880-1933.

The residents of Libertyville and Mundelein witnessed rapid change during the late 19th and early 20th centuries, from the installation of Libertyville’s first electric lights in June 1897 to Mundelein’s first telephone in the early 1900’s. Few changes, however, had quite the impact than the transition from horse-drawn carriages to our new ubiquitous cars. So let…

Origin of a Local History Reference Quest(ion)

In October I delivered a presentation entitled “1914: Libertyville 100 Years Ago”.  At that program, an audience member asked me if the Libertyville One-Mile Track was in operation during the time. It was, but there were not many articles in the newspaper about the race track in 1914, so I had not included it in…