Local History Archives from the Huntley Area Public Library.

Tour Historic Downtown Huntley with the Local History Department

Huntley’s Historic Town Square: A Self-Guided Tour Huntley Apartments.  The Huntley School Apartments built in 1875, addition in 1910, was the local elementary school. High School students were added in the 1890s. Congregational Church.  The 10-year old congregation built the Congregational Church in 1863.  The building, plaqued by the McHenry County Historical Society, is the oldest church in continuous use in Mc Henry County. The Offie’s Tap building dates to c.1940. Originally it housed a barbershop and coffee shop, as…

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Milk Plants and Milk Processing in Huntley

Milk Plants and Milk Processing in Huntley The milk and creamery business in the Huntley area was deemed “An industry upon which much of our present and future prosperity depends” –July 21, 1894 The Huntley News The first cheese factory was established in 1866 by Messrs. Blanchard and Woodworth on the farm of A. W. Nash on Haligus Road in Section 28 of Grafton Township. The first milk factory in Huntley was that of Messrs. Wood and Weltzien. D. E.…

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Sawyer-Kelley Mill

The imposing white building on the south side of Main Street near the town square has been a village landmark since it was built in 1892.   The Village of Huntley recently purchased this property, known by local historians as the Sawyer-Kelley Mill. W. G. Sawyer and John T. Kelley actually owned two grain mills in town.  The first was located in the building originally built in the late 1860s along what today is Route 47. That historic building, most…

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Huntley Area Maps 1853 – 2011

 Huntley Area Maps 1953 – 2001 Huntley Station 1853—This earliest map of Huntley Station was made two years after the first train came through the town, but before there was evidence of much development. Note that the present Church Street was originally named Railroad Street south of Main Street and there was no name given to the street leading south to the depot from Main Street. Huntley 1872 Map – This map shows Coral Street platted for development west of…

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Huntley Time Line from 1838-2001

Huntley History Timeline The first permanent white settlers arrived in the Huntley area about 1838. But many other countries had laid claim to Huntley soil before that date. The homeland of the Native Americans was claimed by various nations through years of wars and exploration. 1492 Spain claimed the Western Hemisphere by virtue of Columbus’ discovery 1497 John Cabot claimed the North American continent for the British 1541 The land was under the Spanish flag after DeSoto discovered the Mississippi…

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