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Historic Trolley Tours This Sunday

All aboard! The annual historic trolley tours of Crystal Lake will be embarking this Sunday. Tickets are still available at Heisler's Bootery, 50 N. Williams … Read more ›

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Crystal Lake Historic Trolley Tour

Every year the Crystal Lake Historic Preservation Commission creates a new trolley tour highlighting historic properties around town. On Sunday, June 10th, passengers will travel … Read more ›

Pearl Harbor Memorial Honolulu Hawaii
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Where Are You Today?: 70th Anniversary of Pearl Harbor Attack

In the early morning hours of December 7, 1941, Japanese planes bombed Pearl Harbor Hawaii. Before the day was over, the Unites States lost airplanes, … Read more ›

Photo Credit: Robin Pendergrast. Celebrate Christmas as it was in 1861 at The Colonel Palmer House
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Fourth Annual Candlelight Christmas Tour Comes to Colonel Palmer House

Join us Friday, December 2 or Saturday, December 3, 6-8:30 pm (reservations required) for the Fourth Annual Candlelight Christmas Tour at Colonel Palmer House. Colonel … Read more ›

Neon sign above entrance to Metro Bowl, Crystal Lake, IL
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Metro Bowl gets plaque from McHenry County Historical Society

The McHenry County Historical Society Committee today announced the October 22nd plaquing at 1:30 p.m. of the Metro Bowl located in Crystal Lake, Illinois at … Read more ›

McHenry County College in Crystal Lake commemorated the 10th anniversary of Sept. 11 by placing close to 3,000 American flags in the campus cafeteria patio. (Lawerence Synett/Tribune)

MCC remembers Sept. 11

Students, faculty and staff gathered Wednesday at McHenry County College in Crystal Lake to commemorate the 10th anniversary of Sept. 11. The cafeteria patio near … Read more ›


In their own words: TribLocal contributors reflect on 9/11

Sept. 11, 2001, dawned bright and clear, but before the day was out indelible memories had been etched into our collective consciousness. For the 10-year … Read more ›

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Piano History in Crystal Lake

There is an old piano in Crystal Lake with some ties to Chicago History. In particular to the Chicago Fire of 1871. The story that … Read more ›

This year's trolley tour participants!
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Crystal Lake Annual Heritage Trolley Tour

Contact Information:Elizabeth Maxwell, City of Crystal Lake representativeCrystal Lake Historic Preservation Commission815-356-3738 For Immediate Release: Did You See the Trolley Go By? The Crystal Lake’s … Read more ›

Colette and Mitch Bennett embrace after he returned home from his Honor Flight, a day that celebrates World War II veterans. (Judi Sullivan, courtesy)

Decades later, World War II heroes welcomed home from Washington by crowd of thousands

Mitch Bennett left his young wife and new daughter in 1943 to fight in World War II. The 86-year-old Elk Grove man and dozens of … Read more ›