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