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Historic Downtown Plainfield Walking Tours

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The is excited to offer walking tours of downtown Plainfield through its partnership with the . 

Enjoy a pleasant stroll through downtown Plainfield and hear tales of disasters and events like the fires that destroyed both sides of Lockport Street, the robbery of the Plainfield State Bank and the evolution of the .

The tour showcases several businesses and their proprietors, including the Worst Barber Shop and Jones Hardware, two of the longest-operated businesses in town.

**Participants will gather at the corner of Lockport and DesPlaines Streets adjacent to .**

The tours will take place on the following dates:                                                                        

  • Thursday, September 13, 2012 6-7:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, September 15, 2012 10-11:30 a.m.
  • Thursday, September 20, 2012 6-7:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, September 22, 2012 10-11:30 a.m..

Registration is required. Tickets are $5.00 for residents and$10.00 for non-residents.

For more information visit: http://www.plainfieldparkdistrict.com/pro-download-brochure.asp then click on Plainfield Historical Society.

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Droncz87 August 31, 2012 at 01:05 PM
"The Plainfield Historical Society is located in an old grain elevator office " OR is it Next to the old grain elevator?
Michael Lambert August 31, 2012 at 01:20 PM
The Plainfield Historical Society's Main Street Museum is located in the former office and scalehouse that was part of the Plainfield Grain Company's complex of several buildings. The Main Street Museum building is where the offices of the company were located, along with the bookkeeper and vault. The important function of the buildig was to weigh grain trucks prior to and after delivering a load of grain in the eleavtor building to the north. The large white structure is actually the grain storage bis, or "elevator." A portion of the buildings used by Plainfield Signs were alos once part of the Plainfield Grain Company as well.
Michael Lambert August 31, 2012 at 01:23 PM
Sorry, my tying skills are marginal this morning. My comment should read: The important function of the building was to weigh grain trucks prior to and after delivering a load of grain in the eleavtor building to the north. The large, white concrete structure is actually the grain storage bins, or "elevator." (If you haven't ever stopped by the museum, it is a great spot to spend a few hours to learn a bit about the Plainfield area; exhibits change every few months.)
John Tips August 31, 2012 at 05:45 PM
That old grain elevator looks as it is beginning to fall down, I noticed chunks are missing - perhaps it either needs to be restored or torn down!
Michael Lambert August 31, 2012 at 07:17 PM
The Plainfield Historical Society does not own the grain elevator building, only the former scalehouse / office. The old grain elevator is in disrepair, but is privately owned.

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