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Several factors were involved in the growth of Geneva Lake as a resort for Chicago’s wealthy. First of all, in the 1870’s, numerous men from Chicago came here to hunt and fish, and their love of the area convinced them the Geneva Lake would be the ideal place to build a summer home.

Transportation was the second factor. The Chicago & Northwestern Railroad opened a line from Chicago to the Village of Lake Geneva on July 6, 1871. This allowed people to reach the area with ease.

The third and most important factor was the Chicago Fire, which occurred on October 8, 1871. Many of the families displaced by the fire actually escaped the burning of the city by getting on the train and coming up here to the lake.

Many of these people stayed here at the lake through the fall and winter of 1871-72, while they waited city homes to be rebuilt. Within a few years, when the city and its industries were back on their feet and money was available, more and more Chicagoans began selecting Geneva Lake for their summer getaways.

Even today you will find that about 80% of the summer residents here have roots in Chicago.
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Brie1648

I like this one - I'll be on the deck with Laura - will the servants bring us tea?

morris186

That goes without saying, lyndee!!

lyndee

Thanks Janet, not exactly a little cottage on the lake, huh? :)

jan42ful

This is a beautiful home thanks Lyndee, but they are all SO big. I guess lots of friends and relatives came for the summer too! Hugs.

lyndee

Sure do Lunie, love for you to join us! :)

Dilubreuer

You still have a space for one?

lyndee

Laura, Cathy and Pumpkin, we'll all sit on the porch, enjoy some tea and some of Snooker's birthday cake and we'll let Morris join us too, if, he can behave himself! :) With all us beautiful ladies around him, he may just get the big head!!!! LOL

Will be along shortly after I finish this last piece of cake. :)

morris186

Is there room for 1 more??

pumpkinhead

May I join you lovely ladies?

laurajane

Of course, Cathy. That would be fun!

cevas

Laurajane, may I sit here too
... until the others arrive?

laurajane

I like this one! I will be on the screened in porch, if anyone needs me.

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