A brief history Palatine’s roots reach back to the 1830s when settlers from New York and New England traveled west to stake their claim in the fertile green prairies they had heard so much about from soldiers who were returning from the 1832 Blackhawk War. George Ela, who built his log cabin in Deer Grove in 1835, is credited with being the first European to live in the area. Two well traveled Indian trails, Woodstock Trail and Lake Zurich Trail, survive in another form today…they are known as Algonquin Road and Rand Road! The Illinois and Wisconsin Railroad made its way to the Deer Grove Trading Post in 1853. Although the railroad failed, another which ultimately became the Chicago and Northwestern, followed soon after. It is the only left-handed railroad in the country, probably due to the fact that its first engines came from England. A thriving settlement soon grew around the railroad station, guided by the vision of Joel Wood, who surveyed and laid out the Village of Palatine in 1855. The village was incorporated March 19, 1866 and chartered by the state in 1869. Street lights were installed in 1871, after the Village purchased 12 lamps for $3 each and hired a lamplighter for 50 cents a night.
Palatine Park District The Palatine Park District maintains over 40 parks, including the beautiful 195-acre, 18-hole championship Palatine Hills Golf Course with pro shop, clubhouse, and driving range. The Family Aquatic Center features two 180-foot slides, two tot water slides, sand play area, 6-lane lap pool, and a large lawn area. Palatine Horse Stables provide English Riding lessons and boarding. The Community Center has an indoor track, gymnasium, gymnastics facilities, locker rooms, weight room and classrooms. Birchwood Park Recreation Center offers a gymnasium, a 50 meter pool, plus fitness, dance, preschool, and babysitting areas. And, the 15 mile Palatine Trail winds scenically through neighborhood parks, the Palatine Hills Golf Course, Deer Grove Forest Preserve, and Harper College. Cutting Hall is a 430-seat auditorium where Palatine residents enjoy all aspects of theatrical entertainment throughout the year, while the Fred P. Hall Amphitheatre is the summertime venue for outdoor concerts. The Palatine Park District also oversees and operates the George Clayson Historical Museum and Library. http://www.palatineparkdistrict.com/
Salt Creek Park District The Salt Creek Park District offers a variety of recreational services including summer camps, pre-school programs and adult breakways. Boating, fishing, a driving range and nine hole executive golf course, jogging, four sand volleyball courts, a shuffleboard court, horseshoe pits, handicapped accessible playground, and two picnic pavilions are available at Twin Lakes Recreation Area. The Park District also maintains five neighborhood parks for residents’ enjoyment. The Park District publishes its recreation brochure, which includes programs for all ages, three times a year. The Salt Creek Park District serves Palatine residents living north of Northwest Highway, east of Rohlwing Rd., and south of Palatine Road. http://www.saltcreekpd.com/
Palatine Public Library Hennen’s American Public Library Rating Index has named the Palatine Public Library among the top five libraries in the nation serving populations between 50,000 and 100,000 people. The Palatine Public Library’s excellent ranking is due in part to the high per capita use of library services by the community. For example, the Youth Department is the busiest among public libraries in the northern suburbs. http://www.ppld.alibrary.com/
Palatine Township The Palatine Township offiers many services, including: a senior citizen center with activities and bus transportation; youth programs and services; a food pantry and general assistance; and an assessor’s office offering property tax information and assistance. http://www.palatinetownship.com/
Greater Palatine Chamber of Commerce and Industry Incorporated since 1950. The Chamber strives to enhance the business climate through positive promotion of its members and community, and is a strong, effective voice for the business community. http://www.palatinechamber.org/
Community Consolidated School District 15
District 15 is a kindergarten through eighth-grade system of quality public education with approximately 13,000 students, has 14 elementary schools, three junior high schools, a kindergarten through eighth-grade school, an alternative school, and a newcomers’ center. School District 15 serves a diverse, ethnic-rich community of more than 110,000 residents in all or parts of seven suburbs who have high expectations of a quality education for all children. They hold the school system in high regard as demonstrated on a recent community survey in which 97 percent of those surveyed said they would recommend the district to their relatives and friends. http://www.ccsd15.net/
Township High School District 211 This district serves the communities of Hoffman Estates, Inverness, Palatine, and Schaumburg, and parts of Arlington Heights, Elk Grove Village, Hanover Park, Rolling Meadows, Roselle, Streamwood, and South Barrington. http://www.d211.org/
Harper College Harper College opened in 1967 with an enrollment of about 1,700 students. Today the College's enrollment stands at approximately 23,000 students of all ages participating in degree credit, continuing education and extension courses on campus or at other locations throughout the district. http://www.harpercollege.edu/
Private Education A number of private and parochial schools service the Palatine area, including Catholic schools St. Thomas of Villanova School and St. Theresa School in Palatine, St. Colette School in Rolling Meadows and Immanuel Lutheran School of Palatine. Quest Academy is an accredited independent day school for gifted and talented students from preschool to eighth grade, educating children from over 40 Chicago area communities.
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