Hinckley, Illinois

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Hinckley is a village in Squaw Grove Township, DeKalb County, Illinois, United States. The population was 1,994 at the 2000 census.



The Village of Hinckley has a memorable history. In the 1830s, a Mr. Hollenbeck (who lived near Ottawa) was traveling the then-unsettled territory. He found a fine grove of trees west of the present-day Hinckley, and named the grove after the squaws who were tending camp.

Back in Ottawa, word spread of the undeveloped land, and in the spring of 1835, John Sebree built a log house. The next year saw more families come to the area and soon a small town was started at the west edge of what is now Hinckley. The town's name was Squaw Grove.

Hinckley was conceived in the 1870s as the brainchild of Francis Hinckley, president of the Chicago and Iowa Railroad. The rail line was placed one-half mile east of the Village of Squaw Grove, which was then named Hinckley.

From this early birth, much change and innovation would come to Hinckley. Some key dates follow: Methodist Church (1835), first store (1872), Hinckley has 20 businesses (1876), St. Paul's Church (1885), volunteer fire brigade organized (1886), tornado destroys most of village (1889).[1]

On January 7th, 1927, the Harlem Globetrotters played their first road game in Hinckley before a crowd of 300. [2]

Local attractions

West of Hinckley on US HWY 30 is the privately owned Hinckley Airport which is home to Chicagoland Skydiving Center as well as Windy City Soaring.


Hinckley-Big Rock Community Unit School District #429[3] operates 3 schools.

Hinckley-Big Rock Elementary School is located on the westside of Hinckley on US HWY 30.

Hinckley-Big Rock Middle School is located in the center of Big Rock on US HWY 30.

Hinckley-Big Rock High School is located on the eastside of Hinckley on US HWY 30.


Hinckley is located at 41°46′17″N 88°38′26″W / 41.77139°N 88.64056°W / 41.77139; -88.64056 (41.771389, -88.640526)[1].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the village has a total area of 1.0 square miles (2.5 km²), of which, 0.9 square miles (2.5 km²) of it is land and 1.04% is water.

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