St. Charles just clebrated with its annual St. Patricks Day Parade on March 9, but do you know what the first recorded parade in the City's history was for? Continuing the celebration of the 185th Anniversary of St. Charles, we’ll be looking back at the history of parades in our City.
Happy 185th Anniversary St. Charles!
This month we are looking back at the history of an iconic landmark in the heart of our city, the Main Street Bridge. Did you know that the city actually went through several bridges before building one that could withstand the mighty Fox River? March 11-15 is Flood Safety Awareness Week in Illinois. So let’s take a look at the evolution of the bridge as it struggled against the flooding of the Fox River, among other challenges in its history.
With Restaurant Week approaching, it is only fitting that we focus on some restaurants that have shaped our past. Let’s look back and pay homage to some of the local restaurants whose history is embedded in the history of St. Charles itself.
2019 marks the 185th Anniversary of St. Charles and all year the City of St. Charles is highlighting stories from our rich history, with a special recognition planned in May. As part of the celebration, the City is hosting a photo contest. The winning photo will grace the cover of the 2019 City of St. Charles Christmas card.
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Continuing St. Charles’ 185th Anniversary celebration, let’s look back at one of the city’s most famous couples in the spirit of Valentine’s Day, Lester and Dellora Norris. The two had a love for each other and for St. Charles, which was evident through their many philanthropic deeds. Their legacy and family fortune led to contributing land or funds for the several local landmarks including Municipal Building, the Arcada, Delnor Hospital, schools, and more. Their charity foundation, carried on by their children, has helped leave their legacy alive to this day.
To kick off St. Charles' 185th Anniversary celebration, below is an overview of some milestone events that have shaped our community. Credit to St. Charles: Culture and Leisure in An All-American Town by Costas Spirou.