Sandwich, Illinois

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Sandwich is a city in DeKalb, Kendall, and LaSalle counties in the U.S. state of Illinois.[4] The population was 6,509 at the 2000 census. The 2008 population estimate by the U.S. Census Bureau for the city is 7,337.[1]

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History

Sandwich is the home of the Sandwich Fair. Held yearly the Wednesday-Sunday after Labor Day since 1888, it is the oldest continuing county fair in the state of Illinois and is one of the largest antique fairs in the United States, drawing daily crowds of more than 100,000, with the top attendance days reaching more than 200,000 fair-goers.[5]

The city is also inexplicably tied to politician "Long John" Wentworth and his efforts to move the State of Illinois border with Wisconsin from being even with the bottom of Lake Michigan to the current line of where it is now. If the border was not changed, the State Line would actually reside along the LaSalle-DeKalb County border, splitting parts of Sandwich from the main areas of the Incorporated community. The community was established when Almon Gage sought a railroad stop on the BNSF rail line that runs through town. Originally naming it Newark Sation, (not to be confused with nearby Newark), he and Wentworth worked extensively to create the community and also to get the railroad stop created. In honor of his efforts, Wentworth had been given the opportunity to name the city, and he named it after his home of Sandwich, New Hampshire. The cities neglected Wentworth apartments are also named after Mr. Wentworth.

Geographical Features

Within the Sandwich City Limits, there are a network of creeks, which either connect to Somonauk Creek (Lake Holiday), Little Rock Creek, or to the Fox River. Until the early part of the 1900's, there actually was a lake located in the southeast corner of the city, which was subsequently drained and used for farmland. The Lake stretched from Veterans Memorial Park, to the south and west, ending near what is now Gletty Road. Through extensive reclamation and drainage efforts, the lake, named Lake Davis, is now gone. The area on which the city is actually built is actually in the side of a hill of sorts, meaning that the city actually has good variations in elevation, depending on where in the city you are. The southeast corner of the city is the lowest spot, roughly near the Harvey Creek Preserve, as well as near Little Rock Creek.

In the immediate area of Sandwich, there are numerous communities which actually straddle, and are in some cases, split by the county borders. Sandwich and Somonauk are split by the LaSalle-DeKalb County Line, while the unincorporated community of Welland is split along the border of LaSalle and Lee, and Millington, Stavanger, and Seneca are also split along the county lines. The distinctive right angle that forms LaSalle County's Northeastern Corner is the area of the most rural areas and is the site of lower-income families in the area, outside of nearby Sheridan, Millington, or Sandwich itself.

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