Images: #TBT Gallery revisits Barrington

 
 
Updated 8/3/2017 2:59 PM

Located approximately 32 miles from downtown Chicago, the village of Barrington has grown into a suburb which maintains its smalltown charm.

The village, which is in both Cook and Lake counties, was chartered in 1865 when it had 300 people. The current population is now 10,312.

Main Street runs east-west through downtown along the county line, and it is crossed by Hough Street, also known as IL Route 59, which runs north-south. Northwest Highway, also known as U.S. Hwy. 14, is located east and north of the downtown area.

Barrington is a station on the busy Metra-Union Pacific Northwest commuter rail line, which was owned by the Chicago and Northwestern prior to the UP takeover in 1995.

The former Elgin, Joliet and Eastern is now owned by the Canadian National, and this rail line now serves as a freight bypass around Chicago.

The gallery images include historic photos, as well as views from the Daily Herald archive. There are vintage views of downtown, early residents and a few of the village's historic homes.

"Birdseye View of Barrington, Ill." along the Chicago and Northwestern railroad tracks circa 1900.
"Birdseye View of Barrington, Ill." along the Chicago and Northwestern railroad tracks circa 1900.
Daily Herald file photo
The Barrington Fire Department took delivery of a new diesel-powered modular ambulance in December 1984, the first fire department in the area to incorporate such a unit. The vehicle was designed so the ambulance "box" could be removed from the chassis when replacement was needed, according to paramedic/firefighter Chris Toussaint.
  The Barrington Fire Department took delivery of a new diesel-powered modular ambulance in December 1984, the first fire department in the area to incorporate such a unit. The vehicle was designed so the ambulance "box" could be removed from the chassis when replacement was needed, according to paramedic/firefighter Chris Toussaint.
Daily Herald file photo
Down the street at 226 W. Lake, a Queen Ann-style home built around 1892.
Down the street at 226 W. Lake, a Queen Ann-style home built around 1892.
Daily Herald file photo
Octagon house in Barrington in a 1979 view.
  Octagon house in Barrington in a 1979 view.
Daily Herald file photo
The Applebee House in Barrington, shown circa 1905.
The Applebee House in Barrington, shown circa 1905.
Daily Herald file photo
By 1984, the Barrington village hall had changes to its roofline.
  By 1984, the Barrington village hall had changes to its roofline.
Daily Herald file photo
The Barrington town hall, built in 1898.
The Barrington town hall, built in 1898.
Daily Herald file photo
The former Chicago and Northwestern depot is moved westward down Main St. to become part of Chessie's Restaurant at the Ice House Mall circa 1978.
  The former Chicago and Northwestern depot is moved westward down Main St. to become part of Chessie's Restaurant at the Ice House Mall circa 1978.
Daily Herald file photo
The residence of Gilbert Applebee at 212 W. Main St. An early settler of Barrington Township in 1836, Applebee built this house when he moved to the village in the 1870s.
The residence of Gilbert Applebee at 212 W. Main St. An early settler of Barrington Township in 1836, Applebee built this house when he moved to the village in the 1870s.
Daily Herald file photo
The Fred Sandman residence at 200 N. Ela, built in the late 1880s. This was later the George Froelich house.
The Fred Sandman residence at 200 N. Ela, built in the late 1880s. This was later the George Froelich house.
Daily Herald file photo
William H. Klingenberg was 80 years old when photographed by the Daily Herald in 1984. He was outside his parents' home on Dundee Ave. when he heard the shots from the Nov. 27, 1934, shootout between gangster Baby Face Nelson and federal agents, which resulted in the deaths of two agents.
  William H. Klingenberg was 80 years old when photographed by the Daily Herald in 1984. He was outside his parents' home on Dundee Ave. when he heard the shots from the Nov. 27, 1934, shootout between gangster Baby Face Nelson and federal agents, which resulted in the deaths of two agents.
Daily Herald file photo
Doris Dorzweiler holds the Barrington village flag during 1984.
  Doris Dorzweiler holds the Barrington village flag during 1984.
Daily Herald file photo
Victorian homes in Barrington, 1984.
  Victorian homes in Barrington, 1984.
Daily Herald file photo
Soldiers are welcomed home in Barrington following World War I.
Soldiers are welcomed home in Barrington following World War I.
Daily Herald file photo
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