Will County, IL

Elwood was surveyed and platted along the Chicago and Mississippi Railroad in 1854-55. The area experienced rapid growth and in 1869 was incorporated.  Stores, shops, and dwellings sprang up and established a convenient trading place which demanded tradesmen, mechanics and professional men.  In 1874 a fire swept the business section and in a few hours destroyed all but one business and the hotel.  Property loss was estimated at $30,000, of which no more than $1,000 was insured.

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