Rolling Meadows, Illinois

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Rolling Meadows is a city in Cook County, Illinois, United States. The population was 24,607 at the 2000 census.



Rolling Meadows is located at 42°4′34″N 88°1′33″W / 42.07611°N 88.02583°W / 42.07611; -88.02583Coordinates: 42°4′34″N 88°1′33″W / 42.07611°N 88.02583°W / 42.07611; -88.02583 (42.076209, -88.025911)[2].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 5.5 square miles (14.1 km²), all of it land.


Rolling Meadows is located in Cook County and is 24 miles (39 km) NW of the Loop. In 1836 Orrin Ford became the first landowner in the area that is now Rolling Meadows, staking his claim of 160 acres (0.65 km2) in the tranquil forests and gently rolling terrain of an area known as Plum Grove. Other farm families followed, many traveling from Vermont. By the early 1840s settlers had built a dam across Salt Creek and had laid claim to the entire Plum Grove area.

The community became part of newly formed Palatine Township in 1850 as German immigrants arrived. In 1862 they erected the Salem Evangelical Church, whose 40-foot (12 m)-square church cemetery at the corner of Kirchoff and Plum Grove Roads still stands today, a bit of history amid bustling traffic and a strip shopping center.

In 1927, H. D. “Curly” Brown bought 1,000 acres (4.0 km2) of what became Rolling Meadows to build a golf course and land adjacent to it for a racetrack. In the early 1950s Kimball Hill purchased the land intended for the golf course, and began home sales by advertising a floor plan of his basic house in the Chicago Tribune. Although the response was positive, officials in neighboring Arlington Heights protested, hoping to buy the land themselves for estate homes. But prospective buyers of the Kimball Hill homes persuaded the Cook County Board for zoning changes to allow Hill to proceed.

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