Monday, December 24, 2018

The White Birch Forest at Lunt and Ashland in 1900, Rogers Park, Chicago, Illinois.

Rogers Park News Herald, June 29, 1900.
At the rate the native birch trees are dying out on the east side where formerly such fine groves existed, it will not be a great while before all will be gone.
Dr. Ward Green Klarke, interviewed in November of 1927.
While I did not come to Rogers Park to live until 1906, I remember coming to the district as early as 1884 to hunt. Ducks found Rogers Park a good lighting place and we came here for the excellent hunting to be found. At that time there were no cross streets between Pratt and Touhy Avenues. I remember when Carter Harrison was mayor and Sheridan Road was improved from a sandy stretch to a cinder path. That was in 1894 and the time of the bicycle craze, and people riding their bikes used to venture north of Devon Avenue because the wooded land was beautiful.
White Birch Woods on the Far Northside of Chicago, Illinois. (Circa 1910)
Then the Birchwood District was covered with white birch and now (in 1927) you cannot find one in the whole of Rogers Park.

Accounts from Rogers Park/West Ridge Historical Society 
Edited by Neil Gale, Ph.D. 


  1. I grew up in Rogers Park in the '60's and am amazed that, not long before then, most of the area was undeveloped. These articles are really informative. Thanks for sharing them!

  2. Does anyone have any clue why these folks dressed up and went to the woods for a photo? Easter Egg Hunt or something of that nature?


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