Carpentersville Memories Video Pages

 

Welcome to the Carpentersville Memories Video Pages. Our goal is to bring back some fun memories of growing up in the 1950s, 60s, 70s and 80s. Please take your time and check out all of the videos, they are sure to bring back many memories.

 

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What was Carpentersville like in the 1950s, 60s, 70s and 80s?

Carpentersville was a place where we all felt safe, any time of day or night.  A place we called home, a place with friends, family and great people.  Whether you lived there for a year or a life time, the memories of Carpentersville are forever in your mind.  Check out all of the videos we have been collecting.

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Adventureland Videos

Adventureland was an amusement park located in Addison, Illinois which operated from 1961 to 1977. The land where the park is located was originally a restaurant and tavern known as Paul’s Picnic Grove and, from 1958 to 1961, was a family attraction site known as Storybook Park.

Bartlett Hoot Toot & Whistle

According to Bartlett History Museum records, The Hoot Toot & Whistle Railway was the lifelong dream of a man named Robert Buchmann.  After running a hardware store in Elmhurst for nine years, Buchmann and his wife sold the business in 1954 and bought a 16-acre wooded lot in an area so undeveloped they had to describe it as “east of Elgin” in order for people to understand where it was.

The Blizzard of 1967

The Chicago blizzard of 1967 struck northeast Illinois and northwest Indiana on January 26–27, 1967, with a record-setting 23 inches snow fall in Chicago and its suburbs before the storm abated the next morning.  As of November 2019, it remains the greatest snowfall in one storm in Chicago history.  As the blizzard was a surprise during the day with people already at work or school, it stopped the city for a few days as people dug out. “The storm was a full-blown blizzard, with 50 mph-plus northeast wind gusts creating drifts as high as 15 feet.

The Bug Spray Truck

In the late 1940s, and into the 1950s and 1960s, trucks would drive through the streets spraying the pesticide DDT, leaving a thick fog behind.  Kids would run and ride their bikes behind the truck, today this would be a crazy thing to do.

Carpentersville Home Movies

Home movies from Carpentersville, some really great scenes and things everyone will remember from days gone by.

Carpentersville Videos 2011 Tour

During one of my visits to Carpentersville in 2011 I took a video tour of some favorite places in the area.  This is what Carpentersville looked like in 2011.

Dundee Community High Videos

Varous videos of homecoming parades and other Dundee related memories.  Always hoping to add more videos to the list.  If you have videos to share please contact us using the contact form on the home page.

Elgin Videos

Videos from Elgin and surrounding area.  It was the nearest “Big” town and all of us had to visit Elgin at some point in our lives.  My father worked in Elgin and so did I at one point in my life.  Lots of stores, great shopping, food and fun.

Illinois Tollway Video

After construction of the first toll highways in Illinois was delayed by World War II, the Illinois State Toll Highway Commission was established in 1953. The first three toll highways in the Chicago area were all planned, constructed, and finally opened in 1958 under the authority of this Commission.

Irving Crown High Videos

Homecoming parades and various other videos from Irving Crown High.  Always hoping to add to the list, if you have videos to share please contact us using the contact form on the home page.

Irving Crown Imperials Videos

Videos donated by the Imperials Alumni.  Some great stuff from the 70’s.  See the Irving Crown Imperials in action, parades and competitions.

Little League Videos

Videos from the Carpentersville and Meadowdale Little League.  These are really fun to watch if you were a part of Little League in Carpentersville in the 60’s or 70’s.

Meadowdale and Area Videos

Great videos and home movies from Meadowdale.  The Meadowdale Story is a must see !!

Meadowdale Raceway Videos

Various videos of the great Meadowdale Raceway, during its prime and what it looks like today.

Rockford Dragway Video

A video donated by Mike Compton of the Rockford Dragway from the late 60’s.

Santa’s Village Videos

Dundee, Illinois was a tiny little town with some local attractions and a few good restaurants. The community was surrounded by cornfields and a huge forest wildlife foundation area. The newly completed Northwest Tollway connected the small suburb to Chicago to the east and Rockford, Illinois to the west.  

In April 1958, Holland entered a 50-year land lease on 40 wooded acres of McGraw’s Wildlife Foundation with Chicago businessman Edwin Eichier. The property, located on State Routes 25 and 72, was similar to the settings of Holland’s two California endeavors. In September ground was broken; the third Santa’s Village was born.

Sleepy Hollow Marketing Video

A great marketing video from the late 50s that shows many local area landmarks including the Meadowdale Shopping Center. This video was created to lure people from Chicago out to the suburbs and to Sleepy Hollow specifically.

Tornado Day 1967 Videos

A total of forty-four tornadoes (19 in Illinois) struck the area from Missouri and Iowa through Illinois and Michigan during the outbreak, including at least six F3 twisters. A total of 58 people perished. It is the worst tornado disaster in Chicagoland history.

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