The History of Hinsdale Marian Hills Seminary
Hinsdale (population: 17,350) is located in the western suburbs of
Chicago in DuPage County, about 20 minutes away from the big city. Interstates 55 & 294, Illinois 83, and US
34 all run thru the area, as does Metra, a rail service that takes residents to Chicago, and the PACE bus service.
The community's beginnings go back to 1833 following the end of the Black Hawk War when the land around
the Old Plank Road (now Ogden Avenue or US 34) by the Brush Creek was settled as Brush Hill, due to its hazelnut bushes and
the land that forms a valley in the area.
In 1851, Ben Fuller bought up most of the settlement and renamed it Fullersburg. He petitioned the Chicago,
Burlington, and Quincy railroad to build its line thru his community in 1858, but due to the land's hilly terrain, the rail
line went a mile south of Fuller's village. In 1862, the problem was resolved when William Robbins bought 640 acres of
land in what is now south Hinsdale, connecting the community with a railroad. The railroad was completed in 1873.
Hinsdale incorporated as a community in 1873, and became a progressive community, adding landmarks such
as a water-pumping stations, paved roads, street lights, and telephone exchange services by 1900.
Today, the community is considered on a par with north shore suburb Winnetka for the quality of life that
residents enjoy near Chicago, and its' educational system has been ranked one of the top 25 in the state for its excellence.
According to Wikipedia, the community has been in a "teardown" mode since the 1980's, replacing over 25% of its homes with
newer models that have price tags in the millions of dollars.