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A Trip Down Memory Lane

Local History

Join Crystal Lake Historical Society member, Kimberly A. Mace, as she takes us for “A Trip Down Memory Lane”.

Kim shares the following:

“When my family moved to Crystal Lake in April 1978, its population was about 25,000 people within the city limits.  As the largest city in the county, it had many more businesses than its neighbors.  In the days before fast food chains and big box stores dotted every town, customers from the surrounding towns of Algonquin, Huntley, Harvard, Woodstock, McHenry, Cary, Fox River Grove and even Barrington would drive to shop, dine and play in Crystal Lake.”

“I hope you enjoy reminiscing about these Crystal Lake businesses.  This project grew much larger than I originally anticipated.  Although not meant to be all-inclusive, I think the reader will have found a broad amount of Crystal Lake business history, which I hope will be informative and bring them many happy memories.”

So, sit back and enjoy this Trip Down Memory Lane!

Crystal Lake History 1977-present