Category Archives: Blue Island History

“How Chicago’s Suburbs Were Planted And Named” – Norman Rexford’s Journey to Blue Island

From the March 4, 1900 Chicago Sunday Tribune “Norman Rexford gave Blue Island its name. He was the first permanent settler in the suburb, and up to the time of his death, March 28, 1883, he was one of its most prominent residents. Mr. Rexford was born in Charlotte, Vt., in 1802, and represented the […]

The Rock Island Line Comes Through Blue Island

The Construction of the Rock Island and Chicago rail line from Blue Island to Joliet was completed in 1852, quickly transforming Blue Island from a stop along the Vincennes Trail to a major hub of rail and trade. This October 13, 1852 article from the Chicago Daily Democrat (now the Chicago Tribune) tells the story […]