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Big Springs - Herrington's Ford

Geneva Township

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It was known as Herrington's Ford before it was officially named Geneva.  

Nestled on both sides of the Fox River it offered a scenic haven for early settlers, and the Pottawatomie Indians before them.

 

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With rich black soil to farm, water to power the mills and a supply of trees to make lumber for new homes made this the ideal setting.  Not many years later the community was thriving.  Much of the early architecture remains today.  Be certain to visit the Chamber of Commerce Web site and the City of Geneva to see examples of the beautiful old homes.

 

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Today

       Geneva is a beautiful community, displaying fine architecture and scenic parks on the banks of the Fox River.  The community is filled with history, both as an early settlement and as the Kane County County Seat.  The old court house is a must see, be sure to tour the interior.

Many Swedish people settled the area, hence Swedish Days is one of Geneva's leading festivals.

Festivals, antique shops and historic homes abound.  

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Maps

1869 - Geneva


HISTORICAL TIME LINE

1833

1834

1835

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1915

 

Source: History of Kane County by Joslyn & Joslyn 1908

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