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Sunday · March 02 2008

Origin of Evanston Street Names
Ridge: A high terrain left by the prehistoric retreat of Lake Michigan. Oldest street in Evanston, established as a military route in 1832. Route of a stage coach line in 1836, which continued until the railroad came in 1855.

Lincoln Street: Obviously for the very popular Abraham Lincoln, who visited Ridgeville Township in 1860. The Main street of South Evanston was renamed Lincoln Street. The name was changed back to Main Street when South Evanston was annexed to Evanston in 1892 because North Evanston, admitted to Evanston in 1874, had a longer Lincoln Street.

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March 02 2008

I didn't know that Evanston and Northwestern University were founded by Methodists.

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