New Lenox, Illinois

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New Lenox is a village in Will County, Illinois, United States. The population was 17,771 at the 2000 census, and estimated to be 23,197 as of 2005.

The Northeastern Illinois Planning Commission forecasts New Lenox will have a population of 90,652 in 2030.[1]

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Geography

New Lenox is located at 41°30′30″N 87°58′14″W / 41.50833°N 87.97056°W / 41.50833; -87.97056 (41.508251, -87.970597).[1] The nearest major highways are Interstate 80 and Interstate 355 and has U.S. Route 30 run through it. According to the United States Census Bureau, the village has a total area of 10.1 square miles (26.2 km²), of which, 10.1 square miles (26.1 km²) of it is land and 0.04 square miles (0.1 km²) of it (0.20%) is water.

History

(From the official village website):

What is now the Village of New Lenox was first settled in the late 1820s, in the area of Gougar crossing ( Route 30 and Gougar Road ) and it was called VanHorne Point. New Lenox Township was established when Will County was created in 1852 with the building of the Rock Island Railroad between Chicago and Rock Island, Illinois. Originally named Tracey in honor of the general superintendent of the Rock Island Railroad. Mr. Tracy later requested that the community be renamed. The first supervisor of the Rock Island Railway for New Lenox Township, John Van Duser, named the Township New Lenox from the town of Lenox. In the same way New York is named after the town of York, which was Van Duser's home town. In 1863 the name for the new settlement officially became New Lenox Township.

The Village of New Lenox wasn't officially created until October 4, 1946. In 1945 and 46 community leaders, F. Carlton Cole, Walter Baers and others reasoned that the community should be incorporated. Recognizing the benefits and the potential growth of the area, a community vote in the spring of 1946 resulted in the authorization for the creation of the Village of New Lenox. On October 4, 1946, the State of Illinois officially certified that the Village of New Lenox was legally organized and incorporated as a Village in the State of Illinois.

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