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Streets of Franklin Park

What did our streets look like in the late 1800s and early to mid-1900s? How have things changed? Take a stroll through Franklin Park history with this photographic tour of our village.

To see larger images of Franklin Park Streets go to our Flickr page and click on the images.






Atlantic Street, 1929. (If you recognize the home on the center left side of the photo, please let us know, so that we can try to identify where on Atlantic this photo was taken.)

A view southwest from the intersection of Belmont and Edgington.






Belmont Avenue looking east from just west of the railroad tracks (near Washington Street).

The intersection of Belmont Avenue, Rose Street, and Pacific Avenue. The photograph is taken from just east of Rose Street, looking west down Pacific Avenue (Belmont Avenue continues on the other side of the railroad tracks).






Chestnut Street east from Atlantic Avenue. This is pre-Passow elementary school, when Hester Jr. High was called Main School (Main School would be near the center right hand side of the photo where the fence is).

The intersection of Dora Street and Lesser Street (Maybe someone will recognize the homes in the photo and let us know which direction the view is...).






An early view of Mannheim Road. We are looking north of Franklin Avenue. Bosenberg's store is in the center-left of the photograph.

This is another view of earlyMannheim Road looking south. The Zimmerman home (on the left hand side of the photo) was on the northeast corner of Gage and Mannheim.






Franklin Avenue -- looking west from Rose Street -- looks a little different than today. Vacant lots, absence of some buildings and differences in existing buildings. Notice the dirt road, absence of street lights (except the fixture suspended over the intersection).

A little more modern view of Franklin Avenue west of Rose Street; you can see our town beginning to emerge. Franklin Avenue is still not paved.






A still more modern view of Franklin Avenue. There is still an absence of some buildings and a few buildings in the photo no longer stand. Street lights and a paved road, however, now exist.

An opposite view of Franklin Avenue from Calwagner Avenue (looking east). Again, the streets are not paved. Notice the beautiful bay windows and turrets which adorn the building on the northeast corner (these have been removed over the years).






A later photograph of Franklin Avenue. This time we are looking west from east of Calwagner Avenue. Franklin is now paved. The turrets have been removed from the building on the northeast corner, however the bay windows are still attached.

Another very early view of Franklin Avenue looking west from approximately Pearl Street. Notice the old water tower, some early shops along the avenue and the hitching post.






This photograph shows Fullerton Avenue where Silvercreek crosses the street (approximately at Ruby Street). Obviously it was taken after a rainstorm where there was probably some flooding in the area; note the discarded rolls of carpeting lying on Fullerton.

We are looking north along Grand Avenue from just south of Mannheim Road. On the northwest corner the Grand Manor Restaurant is shown. On the northeast corner is a picnic grove.






The Grand Avenue bridge that crosses the Des Plaines River into River Grove, IL. This was a time when the water in the river was a lot cleaner. (note the people wading in the river).

When Grand Avenue was a little narrower. The view is looking west down Grand Avenue from approximately Edgington Street.






This photograph was taken in 1949, although it is a typical scene that could have been today or yesterday. It is looking east on Grand from east of Emerson Street.

A view of Grand Avenue looking west from Rose Street. Do you remember the A.& P.? How about Peter's Pizzeria? You can see the signs for each of them near the center of the photograph.






Another view of Grand Avenue looking west from Scott Street. This shows another time in Franklin Park's history. Notice the Sunset Arms Hotel and the Kroeger Foodstore (neither of which still exists). Also, notice how barren the land is west of Kroeger.

A very early forerunner of the current Mannheim bridge. In front of Fritz Pfundt's store (on Franklin Avenue just east of the bridge) a horse and carriage awaits its owner.






We are now on Mannheim Road approaching the bridge. The date is 1948. The problem is, we are not sure which direction we are on Mannheim Road. If anyone recognizes any of the buildings, please let us know.

The view is north along Mannheim Road from near Chestnut Street. This is pre-hotel days. Do you remember the Aragon Kennels?






It's rainy season again in Franklin Park. This photo is looking north along Hawthorne Street from the 2600 block.

This photo is from pre-pool days. We are looking west along Pacific Avenue from Calwagner Avenue (the Franklin Park Pool would be on the southwest corner).






Pacific Avenue near Dora Street before curbs were put in.

Park Avenue looking west from Willow Street. Notice that Park Avenue is still a dirt road with a lot of empty lots surrounding it.






Rose Street entering Franklin Park. If you recognize any of the homes, let us know. We can then determine a little more precisely where on Rose Street this photo was taken.

Looking down on Rose Street with Minneapolis Street running up from the center of the photo. The Franklin Park hotel is on the southwest corner of Rose and Minneapolis. In the very bottom right corner of the photo is Franklin Avenue. Notice the southwest corner of Franklin Avenue and Rose Street is a vacant lot, with the exception of the small building located near Rose Street. The cupola on the the top of the Puglia building has not been removed (southeast corner of Franklin and Rose).






The intersection of Rose Street, Pacific Avenue, and Belmont Avenue. Rose Street runs across the bottom of the photograph. Pacific Avenue is near the center left of the picture. Belmont Ave would enter on the right hand side of the photograph if the field of vision were a little greater.

We are now on the south side of the railroad tracks where Ruby Street, Pacific Avenue, and Belmont Avenue intersect. Across the bottom of the photograph is Ruby Street. The right side of the photo shows Pacific Avenue looking west from Ruby Street. The left side of the photo shows Belmont Avenue looking west from Ruby Street.






When Scott Street and Fullerton Avenue were dirt roads. Fullerton Avenue runs across the center of the photo from the left side to the right side. From just beneath Fullerton, on the right side, crossing over and just above Fullerton Avenue, on the left side of the photo, is Scott Street.

Although many people may assume that Rose Street was one of the first paved roads in Franklin Park, the first two paved streets in Franklin Park were actually Franklin Avenue and Edgington Street.






The intersection of Sarah Street and Lesser Street. Does anyone recognize any of the homes in the photograph, so we can determine which direction the view is from?

Across the bottom of the photograph is Franklin Avenue. From the center-bottom of the photo toward the left-center of the photograph, between the rows of trees, is Washington Street. Aug Linn tavern is in the bottom right corner of the photograph and Dr. Burke's home can be seen in the distance, down Washington Street.


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