Take ride on the Fox River Trolley to hike the Jon J. Duerr Forest Preserve

Fox River Trolley Museum

365 S La Fox St · South Elgin, IL

How to find us

Meet at Fox River Trolley Museum, 365 South La Fox Street (Illinois Route 31) South Elgin, IL, three blocks south of State Street in South Elgin. We’ll take an antique trolley ride from South Elgin to the Jon J. Duerr Forest Preserve.

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Details

Saturday July 6, 2019. 11:00 am to 3 pm. This is a family oriented event for children of all ages. Trails in the Jon J. Duerr Forest Preserve are part of the Fox Valley Trail, are paved and suitable for strollers. Tickets for the trolley are $5 adult, $3 Senior and $2 for kids to ride the trolley to forest preserve (payable to the Fox River Trolley Museum.) Ray Wronkiewicz is the leader and Janie Bristow is the co-leader.

We’ll meet at Fox River Trolley Museum, 365 South La Fox Street (Illinois Route 31) South Elgin, IL, three blocks south of State Street in South Elgin. We’ll ride an antique trolley from South Elgin to the Jon J. Duerr Forest Preserve. The line was once part of the small electric interurban railroad lines which opened in the 1890s and connected the municipalities of the Fox River Valley. A profitable streetcar railway stretched from Aurora north to Carpentersville. The museum operates a variety of antique trolleys; some over the trolley tracks that once connected Carpentersville, Elgin, South Elgin, Saint Charles, Geneva, Batavia, Aurora, and Yorkville as the Elgin, Aurora & Southern Traction Company.

The Jon J. Duerr Forest Preserve has little wisps original prairie remnants and exposed rock ledges and outcroppings, but most exciting is the 8 foot high natural waterfall, which is the largest natural waterfall in the Chicago Metropolitan area. It cascades and pools in the clear rippling creek feeding into the Fox River. The forest preserve has picnic areas and we'll stop and have lunch before heading to the waterfall (about a 1 mile walk on the Fox River Trail).

After the waterfall, we’ll walk back to the Blackhawk trolley depot and In the Forest Preserve we’ll visit and a cemetery for 4 militia soldiers who died in 1832 while taking part in the Blackhawk War. In 1832 President Andrew Jackson ordered Gen. Winfield Scott to go to Illinois and take command of pursuing the Black Hawk War. Thousands of militiamen and soldiers of Scott's army marched through the Fox River valley and camped in the location of the Jon J. Duerr Forest Preserve, but by the time Scott arrived in Illinois, the war had come to a close. 4 of those militia men died in camp and are buried in the cemetery.

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