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Chicago was incorporated as a town in 1833
"COOK COUNTY, situated in the northeastern section of the State, bordering
on Lake Michigan, and being the most easterly of the second tier of counties south of the Wisconsin State line.
It has an area of 890 square miles; population (1890), 1,191,922; (1900), 1,838,735; county-seat, Chicago. The
county was organized in 1831, having originally embraced the counties of Du Page, Will, Lake, McHenry and Iroquois,
in addition to its present territorial limits. It was named in honor of Daniel Pope Cook, a distinguished Representative
of Illinois in Congress." (Historical Encylopedia of Illinois, 1901)
City of Chicago History
"Little is known about the Chicago area from 1700 until about 1779 when the pioneer
settler of Chicago, Jean Baptiste Point du Sable,
from Sainte-Domingue (Haiti), built the first permanent settlement at the mouth of the river just east of the present
Michigan Avenue Bridge on the north bank....Du Sable, who appears to have been a man of good taste and refinement,
was a husbandman, a carpenter, a cooper, a miller, and probably a distiller. In Du Sable's home, which he shared
with his Indian wife, the first marriage in Chicago was performed, the first election was held, and the first court
handed down justice. The religion of the first Chicagoan was Catholic and every contemporary report about Du Sable
describes him as a man of substance who started the story of Chicago as well as the story of the African American
in Chicago." [Source: A.T. Andreas "History of Chicago from
the Earliest Period to the Present Time" Chicago, 1884]
DuSable and his wife had two children, a boy named after his father, and a girl named Suzanna, whose birth is considered
the first recorded birth in the Chicago area. Today a plaque marks the site in Chicago where his home stood, a
high school in the city was named in his honor, and a memorial society exists to revere his memory. DuSable died
at St. Charles, Missouri.
The first white settler in Chicago was purported to be Quebec-born John Kinzie, an Indian trader. He established Kinzie's Trading Post in 1804, close to the Chicago River
or Lake Michigan.
[Read about the American
Fur Company and Chicago]
ALL DATA ON THIS ILLINOIS TRAILS SITE IS FREE TO VIEW.
Most Recent Website Updates
KINZIE, NASH bio; obit for GRIEF, LENAHAN
Poll Lists (voters) in the 1833, 1834 and 1835 elections.
1833 Chicago Tax List
obits for DAYTON, DANDURAND, KLEIN, LYNCH
Death Cert. info for HOFFMAN
Crime News; obits: CLOSELY, TICHENOR, BROWN, WENTWORTH, MURPHY, OLNEY, STEWART; Marriage Announcements: KOSTA-MCFALL, DAVENPORT-CHURCHILL, JOHNSON-DICKINSON, DEBONNEVILLE-DODGE
Obits for SCOTT, DEANE, HAZARD, HUSTED, HEIMBACH, SHAY, SHEHAN, STENGER, MELOY, VANPATTEN, MUELEEN; 1846 Fire News Story; 1846 Stage accident news story; Class of 1865-66 at Eastman busines college; Marriage announcements of PELLEGRINI - CUDAHY and CUDAHY-COCHRAN
(new items may not be included yet)
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