Tag Archives: Early Winnetka

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Before Forest Glen – The Dennehy Estate

By Tane Beecham Someone out for a stroll through Hubbard Woods in the early 1900s would have observed many new homes going up as the area became increasingly populated with family-sized houses on manageable lots. One would also have taken note of a very large 10-acre wooded plot of land on the north side of Tower […]


A History of the Winnetka Fire Department

By Helen Weaver, Fall/Winter 2014  Updated 2022 When Winnetka was first incorporated as a village in 1869, fire was a fearsome threat. Early Winnetkans fought fires by joining with their neighbors in bucket brigades, dousing fires with barrels of lake water carried by horse and wagon, or buckets of water drawn from nearby wells and […]

“G” is for Green Bay Trail

Gazette Article by Laurie Starrett, Winter 1996 When you stroll along the Green Bay Trail in Winnetka, you are not actually walking on the original Green Bay Trail. Today’s route is a hiking and biking path that extends nine and one-half miles from Wilmette to Highland Park. In Winnetka it runs alongside the METRA tracks on […]

The Changing Landscape of Winnetka

Gazette Article by: Bean Carroll Appeared in the Gazette: Fall/Winter 2005 The Early Settlers In the first article of this series (Fall/Winter 2004), we discussed the landscape that existed on the North Shore before the area was settled. As the first pioneers moved in, they brought with them their traditions and possessions. As has been […]

Arrowheads discovered near the present-day Indian Hill Club.

Indian Hill: History and Legend

Gazette Article by: Barbara Sholl Appeared in the Gazette: Fall 1995 The name “Indian Hill” refers to the southeast corner of the village, reminding us of Winnetka’s earliest residents. Church Road, a “high” road which follows an ancient sand ridge deposited during the last Ice Age 12,000 years ago, runs through the area. Today known […]