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Historical Marker Virtual Tour #1:
Northern DeKalb County
Welcome to part one of the Historical Markers of DeKalb County virtual tour. Below are the videos in this part of the tour. Click on a video to play it.
In this tour...
David West Home - North Grove School - Mayfield Wesleyan Church - Fairdale Tornado - Carlos Lattin Memorial - Almon Parke House - Seedling Mile - Pacific House Hotel
North Grove School
The North Grove School grew from a Sunday school until it joined the DeKalb County school system in the early days of the County, around 1980. Photo credits courtesy of: Joiner History Room Regional History Center North Grove School Association Academic sources: https://www.northgroveschool.org/
Underground Railroad: Mayfield Wesleyan Methodist Church
This historic Wesleyan Methodist Church was also a location where escaped slaves were secretly given a route to freedom. Photo credits courtesy of: Ryne James [map design] Joiner History Room Academic sources: Nancy M. Beasley, The Underground Railroad in DeKalb County, Jefferson, NC: McFarland & Company, Inc. Publishers, 2013 Past and Present of DeKalb County, Vol. I, 155
Pacific House Hotel
The long-standing Pacific House Hotel is thought to be one of the oldest and most historic buildings in the area. Photo credits courtesy of: Joiner History Room Bob Myers Academic Academic sources:s:: Jon McGinty, The Stagecoach Era, Northwest Quarterly, Summer/Fall 2016 Matile, Roger. By Trace and Trail: the Stagecoach Era in Northern Illinois. Oswego, Illinois: Little White School Museum Press, 2010
Carlos Lattin and his family were early settlers in the rich farmlands which are known today as DeKalb County. Photo credits courtesy of: Joiner History Room Ryne James [map design] Bob Myers Academic sources: Portrait and Biographical Album of DeKalb County, Illinois, Chicago: Chapman Brothers, 1885.
Underground Railroad: Deacon David West Home
A home belonging to a local Deacon also served as a spot where a route to freedom was provided to people escaping slavery and Southern tyranny in the 1800's. Photo credits courtesy of: Ryne James [map design] Joiner History Room Bob Myers Academic sources: -Nancy M. Beasley, The Underground Railroad in DeKalb County, Jefferson, NC: McFarland & Company, Inc. Publishers, 2013 -From Oxen To Jets, a History of DeKalb County 1835-1963, 1963. Harriet Wilson Davy ed., Dixon, IL: Rogers Printing Company http://illinoisundergroundrailroad.net for more information about the Underground Railroad in Illinois
A segment of the first American trans-continental highway was located in DeKalb County, to demonstrate the difference between paved and gravel roads. Photo credits courtesy of: Library of Congress Joiner History Room Bob Myers Academic sources -https://www.lincolnhighwayassoc.org/ https://www.fhwa.dot.gov/infrastructure/lincoln.cfm https://blogs.loc.gov/maps/2018/02/1920s-road-trip-the-lincoln-highway-in-strip-maps/ Eisenhower Archives
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