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Des Plaines Facts

by Christopher Brinckerhoff

5. In the mid-1800’s American naturalist Robert Kennicott grew up at The Grove near Des Plaines.

4. Lawn parties were popular in the 1900’s.

3. The Potawatomi, known as “keepers of the fire,” moved to Illinois, including along the Des Plaines River, from Wisconsin and Michigan in the mid-1800’s.

2. When 60 percent of Illinois was covered by a native tallgrass, greater prairie chickens were typical.

1. The Des Plaines History Center sells a button that reads, “Blame it on the train.”


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