Gurnee (Illinois)

Lake County


Gurnee is a city in Lake County, Illinois, United States. According to the census in 2010 lived in the town of 31295 inhabitants. The city is adjacent to Waukegan, Illinois, and is considered part of the larger urban area of ​​Chicago. Gurnee is known for the amusement park Six Flags Great America. In the city of many players of the Chicago Bears, as the NFL record holder Devin Hester live. Gurnee benefits from its location between Milwaukee and Chicago.


Early settlers in the area of Gurnee came on foot, on horseback and in Prairie Schoo agents, of ox -drawn carts, or they came over the Erie Canal and the Great Lakes. They came from the town of Warren (New York ), named after Major General Joseph Warren, who was killed at the battle of Bunker Hill. Thus, it was also founded in 1850 Warren Township, Lake County, Illinois, named after him. The first settlement of the Warren Township began in 1835 in the area of the Des Plaines River.

In 1835-36 established a Land Company of New York, a community center on the site of the old Gurnee Grade School, which was suitable for the accommodation of families assigned during this country. This also received government subsidies for their farm businesses. In the vicinity of the community center there was a ford by which the Potawatomi Indians crossed the river. A floating log bridge was built there about 1942. Later, a sturdy wooden bridge was built before even an iron bridge was built later.

With the construction of a fixed bridge and roads were built and the area became the center of the community. At this intersection, the Milwaukee Road crossed the river from west to east and then continues northeast to connect Chicago with Milwaukee. This road was of three early settlers, Thomas McClure, Mark Noble and Richard Steele, planned in 1836.


According to the census of 2010, the city has an area of ​​35 square kilometers, of which 99.48 % land area and 0.059 % water. Gurnee is located on the Des Plaines River. Interstate 94 divides the city into an eastern and western part.