|Strasburg, Illinois in 1910 - Click map for a full size view.|
Strasburg was home to about 10 different families. The homes that once stood in Strasburg were made of stone. All of the homes sat below the hill and on "shelves" part way up the hill. Most of the families who lived in Strasberg were employed by M & H Zinc company. Some explosives were stored under the bridge for easy access to blow up land in search of natural minerals.
This land was rented to the families of Strasberg by M & H Zinc Company for the rate of $1 a month for each individual lot to protect the company against the tenants claiming squatters' rights. No trace of the homes exist today.
Compiled by Neil Gale, Ph.D.
Map tweaked by Neil Gale, Ph.D.
MAP AND LEGEND
By EMIL WYLEPSKI who remembered the area from his childhood.
1. Marchekowski family house and barn. The family owned the only horse in the valley and was able to cross Vermillion creek at a shallow point when the water low.
2. This was a stone house of the Thomas Wylepski family. All of the houses sat below the hill, some of them on "shelves" part way up the hill and cut into the bank.
3. The Vincent Plochocki family house.
4. The home of the Baron family.
5. Emil was unable to remember the family that lived there.
6. The Grubich family house. Becasue all of the houses were rather low, all of them flooded occasionally as the spring runoff was too much for the tunnel beneath the bridge to handle. The Grubich house, being nearest to the bridge, was always the first to be flooded.
7. The M & H Zinc Company's pump house.
8. The Moskalewicz family house.
9. Emil was unable to remember the family that lived there.
10. Emil was unable to remember the family that lived there.
11. M & H Zinc Company dam. The dam broke one fourth of July, flooding the whole works. A new, later dam was built downstream.
12. A small plank footbridge anchored with cable and supported in the center with a sawhorse.
13, 14, 15. These three houses were already covered over by the slag pile by the early 1900s.
16. The M & H powerhouse where explosives were stored. This sat above the hill.
17. Oakwood Cemetery.
18. Gardens on flatlands above the hill worked by the community's families.
19. Stone arch bridge on Fifth Street spanning the Little Vermillion River.