According to a deed from 1892, a great historic landmark that Western Springs, IL is known for – the water tower in downtown – will always be just that.

Per the Western Springs Historic Society, when the land for the water tower was donated to the Village of Western Springs, IL by Charles and Ruth Collins in January of 1892, it was designated to always be a water tower with surrounding park land. What’s more:

“Construction required 156 carloads of stone that was ordered from the Chicago and Naperville Stone Company. Each stone was cut and shaped by hand on site. The Tower is 112.5 feet high at its tallest point and 36.5 feet in diameter. The walls are 6 feet thick at the base and the original water tank held 133,000 gallons of water. The Tower itself, which has three floors and a basement, served as the village offices, police department, jail and police magistrate court until  1957 when the Village offices were relocated to the new fire house on Wolf Road.” Read more on the history of Western Springs’ trade- and landmark tower here.

Nancy Miller, Realtor with Coldwell Banker in nearby La Grange, IL, notes that the Water Tower is just one of many pieces of history that Western Springs has to offer home buyers when considering where to live.

Western-Springs-Illinois-Historic-I-294-highway-ProjectWestern Springs has some interesting history to share. For instance, in 1960 the Village of Western Springs decided to plant a collection of greenery, mainly evergreens and willow trees, in order to buffer sound and lights coming from the newly built I-294 highway. After a plethora of charitable giving received, the Village was able to fulfill its plan. Unfortunately, just 3 months after the initial plantings were made, thieves came in the night, and stole many of the planted shrubbery. Fortunately, most were left untouched—many of which remain and have grown into landmarks for travelers on their progress through the Western Springs stretch of road. Learn more here.

When it comes to real estate in Western Springs, amongst the most popular of those in Western Springs is the famous Ekdahl House. Named after its owner, August Ekdahl, this home housed the first business in town as well as being the first post office in town. For more details, read on.


Considering moving into the area? Come see why so many have claimed their own piece of history in Western Springs, IL

When it comes time to make a real estate move, whether buying or selling your home, reach out to Nancy Miller at Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage in nearby La Grange. When it comes to the history of our area, both times long past and recent, Nancy is your Western Springs information resource. Getting to know Nancy is an easy first step to making your move, especially when Nancy’s own history in the real estate industry is so full of notoriety.


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