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Niles Goes Down In History Today

A new book about Niles history publishes today. It starts back in the 1832 Blackhawk Wars and covers the rowdy Milwaukee Avenue bars and the area's truck farmers.

 

Niles is claiming its place in history today with the publishing of the book Niles: The Early Years by Tom Ferraro.

Ferraro, a lifelong Niles resident, at the Niles Historical Society a few month ago. Older residents reminisced with him about some of the facts and stories he presented about long-gone places and people. 

The book's publisher, Arcadia Publishing, wrote this about the book: "The village of Niles began during the Black Hawk War of 1832 as the pioneer settlement of Dutchman’s Point on the North Branch of the Chicago River. Incorporated in 1899, the new village’s thriving business district was established along Milwaukee Avenue. During Prohibition, Niles was the gateway to “rural bohemia,” the roadhouse district of suburban speakeasies and resorts north of Chicago. Niles’s Tam O’Shanter Country Club, arguably the birthplace of modern professional golf, rose to international prominence during the Great Depression and continued to host the sport’s most exclusive tournaments long after World War II. Behind the village’s colorful past, another Niles existed, grounded by strong agrarian values and a deep sense of community pride—the truck farms of Maine and Niles Townships. These gentleman farmers and their families formed the backbone of local culture, and their influence is still felt today."

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