West Chicago's Railroad
West Chicago was officially incorporated in 1873, though residents lived in the area as far back as the 1830s. One of the most notable early settlers was Erastus Gary, and one of the major reasons the city was established was because it served as the location of the Galena and Chicago Union Railroad. Several trains passed through the area, and there is still a station that remains active today. The city continued its growth in the 20th century as industries began to move in, and things have only gotten more progressively advanced since the turn of the century.