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LAKE COUNTY ILLINOIS TRAILS
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Present area, or parts of it, formerly included in:

1836–1839
McHenry

1831–1836
Cook

1825–1831
Putnam

1823–1825
Fulton

1821–1823
Pike

1819–1821
Clark

1816–1819
Crawford

1815–1816
Edwards

1812–1815
Madison

1801–1812
St. Clair

1795–1801
Knox, Northwest Territory

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Lake County was Established on March 1, 1839 and named for Lake Michigan

County History
From the Historical Encyclopedia of Illinois, 1901

"Lake County, in the extreme northeast corner of the State, having an area of 490 square miles, and a population (in 1900) of 34,504. It was cut off from McHenry County and separately organized in 1839. Pioneer settlers began to arrive in 1839, locating chiefly along the Des Plaines River. The Indians vacated the region the following year.

The first County Commissioners (E. E. Hunter, William Brown and E.C. Berrey) located the county-seat at Libertyville, but, in 1841, it was removed to Little Fort, now Waukegan. The county derives its name from the fact that some forty small lakes are found within its limits. The surface is undulating and about equally divided between sand, prairie and second-growth timber. At Waukegan there are several manufacturing establishments, and the Glen Flora medicinal spring attracts many invalids. Highland Park and Lake Forest are residence towns of great beauty situated on the lake bluff, populated largely by the families of Chicago business men."

IRAD Depository
Regional History Center
Founders Memorial Library
Room 400
Northern Illinois University
DeKalb, IL 60115
Telephone: (815) 753-1807

The County's Courthouse is located at:

Lake County Courthouse
18 North County Street
Waukegan, IL 60085



DATA FOUND ONLINE HERE

The 1850 Mortality Schedule for Lake County

Obituaries

Read the histories included in the Historical Enclyopedia of Illinois (1901) for the major towns of Lake County.

Newspaper Tidbits

Cemeteries located within Lake County

 


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