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Explore the Fox Valley!
Located about 40 miles west of Chicago,
Geneva is situated in the heart of the Fox River Valley.
It would be a difficult task today to
stand along the banks of the Fox River and try to imagine the Native
Americans that populated this beautiful and peaceful valley for over
nine centuries. And yet it is true. Most area residents are familiar
with Pottawatomie Park, yet may not be aware of the fact that the Geneva
area was inhabited by the Illinois and Prairie Pottawatomie
tribes during the 17th, 18th and early 19th Centuries.
In 1833, the
settlement was referred to as Big Spring. But in 1835, the
influential James and Charity Herrington moved here and the names
Herrington's Ford and La Fox were used. Another name, Campbell
Ford, was also suggested (after then county commissioners James
Campbell and Thomas Ford), but Geneva was ultimately selected and
the name has remained. As happens with many towns, the coming
of the railroad - in 1853 - placed Geneva on the main passenger line
and literally on the map, establishing a permanent relationship with
Chicago that has been bringing the well-to-do city folks to an
idyllic community and country folks to the city for over 150 years.
Geneva's rich and storied past is full of history that includes
names like the Butter and Cheese Manufacturing Company, Bennett
Mill, Howell Company and the Charles Pope Glucose Company - to
name only a few. Swedish immigrants have played a major role in
Geneva's past and present; an annual
Swedish Days Festival is
tribute to that, there other ethnic groups contributed as well.
Today Geneva offers a vast array of opportunities for
lodging as well as being a city of choice in which to
live, work and raise a family. Come to Geneva for any reason,
and you will easily see why it has been a destination of choice for
many, from proud Native Americans to today's residents.