A Little About Naperville

January, 2014 by Alma Abell

A Little About Naperville

Given that it has been crowned as one of the top twenty wealthiest cities in the nation one might find it hard to believe that there is still a need for bankruptcy lawyers in Naperville. However, there is a need, despite that fact. Joseph Naper, who brought his friends and family to the area in 1831 to settle, established the town of Naperville. The Naper’s Settlement, as it was known, included Almeda Landon, Naper’s wife, his own brother John and his wife Betsy and his sister Amy with her husband John Murray. Murray also brought his mother, Sarah and their mutual arrival to the area happened after a two month long crossing of three of the Great Lakes.

History and Growth

The area attracted more than just Naper’s family and friends and within a mere year the settlement has grown to over one hundred residents. Most of them had been temporarily displaced because of the Indian Creek Massacre in the Black Hawk War. A mere two years later in 1834 the town was already so well established that it became the county seat of DuPage when DuPage split away from Cook County, which it kept until 1868. In 1857 the settlement was ‘upgraded’ and incorporated as a village and by then was two thousand residents strong. 1890 saw it incorporated as an actual city. Nowadays Naperville has a population of about 75,000 on one side of the DuPage county and 45, 000 residents on the side of Will County and, despite the split, Naperville is the 5th largest city in the state of Illinois, following Chicago, Aurora, then Rockford and Joliet, respectively.

Seventy years later, despite the main pull being the rural existence of Naperville, it experienced a massive growth spurt, beginning during the 1960’s and carrying on slowly through the 1980’s and 1990’s. Since the Ronald Reagan Memorial Tollway was constructed further prosperity has come to the area, creating jobs in all sectors, including corporate and industrial. This has been the largest contribution to the wealth of the area and the sprawl into the Chicago Metropolitan area. Naperville did hit the news headlines in 1946 when it was the scene of a serious train disaster which saw forty-seven people killed. For more information, please contact Chicago Debt Solutions. You can like them on Facebook.

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