Site of Absolem Wells Cabin - Chicago Heights, IL
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member adgorn
N 41° 30.476 W 087° 38.483
16T E 446475 N 4595343
Quick Description: A boulder with a plaque marks the site were the cabin stood, now part of the Wilson Woods Forest Preserve.
Location: Illinois, United States
Date Posted: 10/20/2011 6:54:45 PM
Waymark Code: WMCWYB
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member Corp Of Discovery
Views: 3

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"The plaque reads: Site of Absalom Wells cabin, 1833, first settler, southern Cook County.

Wells, Absolem - earliest settler on Thorn Creek in southern Cook County; in 1833 he built his cabin and trading post on the west side of Chicago Road within what is now the Wilson Woods Forest Preserve; a boulder with an inscribed plaque marks the site. Wells came to the Chicago Heights area by way of Ohio, perhaps explaining the large grove of Ohio buckeye trees near the site of his cabin."

A marker for someone probably not often thought about these days. Near an historic intersection of the old Dixie and Lincoln Highways.
County: Cook

Historical Society: not listed

Dedication Date: not given

Location: directly opposite 13th Street and about one-eighth mile N of U.S. Highway 30

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