The Historic City of LaSalle, IL

A town with a history bigger than its size.

The bistro at the corner of Joliet and 1st Street
The bistro at the corner of Joliet and 1st Street

Once known as the Little Reno, LaSalle is one of the bigger cities in the Illinois Valley, right next to Peru, IL. One early evening, while driving around town looking for a restaurant, I noticed the traces of its past. The pillars and frames of the buildings, the cobblestone streets, the store windows, all reflect a glorious history.  And the more I read about LaSalle, the more it interests me.

315 Carus
315 Carus Building, Peru IL

As I skim through the long history of LaSalle, the last name Carus is never far behind in every paragraph together with another prominent last name Hegeler.

Westclox Building
Westclox Building

Regarded as one of the biggest employers during that time, Westclox produced some of the best clocks and watches in the market. Founded under the name United Clock Company by Charles Stahlberg, it was built to manufacture clocks based on Stahlberg’s technological break-through. Unfortunately, Westclox  is now closed.

WestClox Fence
The steel fence that guards the Westclox Building.
Train Track
Tracks bound to LaSalle-Peru Station

During weekends, these tracks were once  traversed by the trains that brought hundreds of  patrons to the streets of LaSalle for the Saturday night revelry.

Disclaimer: The images and letters are by me, based on Wikipedia entry for the  city of LaSalle and Westclox  .

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