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Lawn Ridge, Marshall County, Illinois, USA

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Lawn Ridge

The first settler in what became the village of Lawn Ridge was Charles Stone in 1845.  Other early settlers were Wilmots, Holmes, Dorans, Leighs, Davisons and Smiths. The United Presbyterian church was organized about 1845 and a church was built in 1856. In 1859 Methodists built a church for a Society organized in 1850. During the 1830’s and 1840’s, stage coaches passed through LaPrairie to and from Galena. In 1854 stagecoach travel ended with the coming of the railroad. In 1880, Lawn Ridge had a population of about 200. It had a post office, a store, blacksmith shop and two wagon shops.  Two railroads, the A.T. & S.F. and the C. & N.W. passed near Lawn Ridge.  With the closing of the old railroads, the businesses moved elsewhere and Lawn Ridge is now a residential settlement only.



Written by Michael S. Doran

January 21, 2011 at 6:43 pm

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