Saturday, November 27, 2010

Wilmington Illinois Holiday Parade and Tree Lighting

Wilmington, Illinois, November 27, 2010

The Island City sparkled Saturday night for the annual holiday parade. Citizens gathered to mark the season as a parade made its way down South Water Street, where restaurants and antiques shops welcomed everyone. Of course, plenty of excitement filled the air as Santa made his way into town.

After the parade, there were carols in the new gazebo at Claire’s Corner, and real reindeer visited. The lighting of the tree made the downtown park a splendid place for visiting and enjoying the early evening festivities.

Christmas lights at the Holiday Parade in Downtown Wilmington

Wilmington VFW Post 5422 leads the Wilmington Holiday Parade through downtown Wilmington

The mayor of Wilmington Illinois at the Holiday Parade

Santa arrives on a horse-drawn carriage at the Wilmington Holiday Parade

The Wilmington Community Christmas Tree 

Reindeer arrive at the end of the Wilmington Holiday Parade

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Wilmington Illinois Lighted Holiday Day Parade this Saturday

Wilmington, Illinois is kicking off the holiday season with a lighted holiday parade Saturday, November 27th.  The parade starts at 4:30 p.m.

No alcohol will be allowed during the parade line-up or during the parade itself.

According to the Wilmington, Illinois website, no live Santas are allowed as Santa Claus will arrive in Wilmington for the parade.

The community tree will be lighted following the parade.

If you are looking to grab a bite to eat in Wilmington, willcountynews recommends Hayden's Crossing, one of the most unique restaurants in Will County.  Located in Downtown Wilmington, Hayden's Crossing was made from recycled barn lumber.  You can see pictures of the barn and the process of using the barn wood for the restaurant on Hayden's Crossing's website.

Hayden's Crossing's name also refers to an important piece of Will County History.  As this 1909 plat map of Florence Township shows, Hayden's Station--in section 1--was inside the footprint of the Joliet Arsenal and now the Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie.  On the Wabash Railroad Line, Hayden's Station was a place where farmers could bring milk to send on the train for sale.

Friday, November 12, 2010

Turtle Pond and Turtle Pond Trail in the Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie

The Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie is the largest tallgrass prairie east of the Mississippi River.  It is also one of the largest one-space prairies in Northeastern Illinois.

Midewin has a variety of trails open to the public.  There are several picnic areas.  There are flush toilets at the Midewin Welcome Center on Rt. 53 and port-a-potties along major trails.  Check out the Midewin Trail Map Page for more info.   On our hike, we did not see any drinking fountains or other source of water, so you should make sure you bring plenty of water with you.

Willcountynews recently hiked out to Turtle Pond, parking at the Hoff Road Trailhead and walking down the Old Chicago Road to get to Turtle Pond.  Here's what we saw!

Old Chicago Road in the Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie

Field of winter wheat in the Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie

Old fire hydrant in the Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie on Old Chicago Road.  When the Prairie was the Joliet Army Ammunition Plant, the Arsenal had its own fire department.

Looking east from Old Chicago Road in the Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie

Seed beds in the Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie on the way to Turtle Pond.

Video of the Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie Seed Beds near Turtle Pond:

Turtle Pond, Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie

Turtle Pond, Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie

Turtle Pond in the Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie

Turtle Pond, Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie

Turtle Pond, Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie
Video of Turtle Pond with Old Joliet Arsenal building in the distance:

Winter Wheat and trees in the distance, Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie

Old electric pole and insulators off Old Chicago Road in the Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Breaking News: Joliet, Coal Ash Issue Profiled in New York Times

The New York Times ran an article today profiling a Joliet resident who lives near the Midwest Generation  power plant.

Will County Farmhouses from a Country Mile

I love old Farmhouses.  This is the beginning of an occasional series documenting many differing types of farmhouses throughout Will County.  We will begin with the American Foursquare. 

American Four Square in rural Peotone Township, Will County, Illinois.

According to the Will County Historic Preservation Rural Structure Survery:

"The American Foursquare was introduced around 1900 and continued to be popular until the 1920s.  It consists of a two to two-and-a-half story block with a roughly square floor plan with four rooms on each floor.  Roofs are hipped or pyramidal, with dormer windows (hipped and gable) on at least the 
front elevation and sometimes the side and rear elevations. Foursquares usually have front porches, but they may also have bay windows (some extending both stories) and one story rear additions.  

Many Foursquares were built from plans developed by local lumber companies or mail order sources that 
advertised in farm journals; others were purchased whole and delivered as pre-cut, ready-to-assemble 
houses from Sears, Roebuck and Company or home manufacturers. 
The term “American Foursquare” was coined by Clem Labine, former editor of the Old-House Journal. (Gordon, How to Complete the Ohio Historic Inventory, 137.) "

The Survey was completed by Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates, Inc. for the Will County Land Use Department

American Foursquare Farmhouse near Peotone, Illinois

Video of American Foursquare Farmhouse near Peotone, Illinois:

American Foursquare Farmhouse near Manhattan, Illinois, front view

American Fousquare Farmhouse near Manhattan, Illinois, rear view

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Will County Illinois Election Results

November 6, 2012 Will County Election Results has results for all county-wide races such as Will County Executive, Will County State's Attorney, and the Will County Board.

For congressional results:

Go here for Illinois 11th Congressional District results.

For Illinois 2nd Congressional results, go here.