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Stockton Heritage Museum

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Allen21096 wrote a review Aug 2019
Chicago, Illinois30,002 contributions1,267 helpful votes
We happened to be in Stockton and passed the Stockton Heritage Museum. We went in and found a time capsule of things from the Stockton area. We found the staff to be quite informative and helpful. You don't often give a lot of thought to a small town museum, but the Stockton Heritage Museum pulls it off very well.
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Date of experience: August 2019
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Taylor B wrote a review Aug 2018
Chicago, Illinois6,564 contributions5,374 helpful votes
There was a time when Stockton's claim to fame was its reputation as a speed trap on the route to Galena. No longer. At least I haven't been stopped in the last few years. In fact, my wife and I made a stop on our recent trip to Galena. As a retired sportswriter, I wrote a book on the history of high school football in Illinois. One chapter was devoted to John O'Boyle, who coached at Stockton from 1963 to 1997, won 79 percent (279-74-1) of his games and two state championships and once lost only 13 games in a 13-year span. In other words, O'Boyle, whose name is on the high school's football stadium, put Stockton on the map. Well, that's only partially true. There were others who had a hand in Stockton's history. Which is why we stopped to visit the Stockton Heritage Museum. Located at 107 West Front Street, off US Route 20, it collects and preserves the oral, written and pictorial memoirs and data of the past, relating to Stockton and Northwestern Illinois. Among the exhibits are the Chicago Great Western Railroad, model trains, the history of Kraft Foods and the history of the Stockton area. It was the railroad that established Stockton as the youngest village in Jo Daviess County in 1886. But the railway left in the 1970s. In 1914, the Kraft brothers opened their first cheese factory in Stockton and continued to operate it until Kraft sold the facility in 1998. Today, with a population of 1,862, Stockton clings to its rich history and fully supports its non-profit museum. Just talk to the townsfolk at Stella's Cafe at 100 North Main, an 1890s building that was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1997, or the Stockton Bowling Lanes at 102 South Ward, the town's oldest continually operated business with eight standard lanes. And nobody blinks an eye if you drive through town a few miles over the speed limit.
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Date of experience: August 2018
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Terry B wrote a review Aug 2017
Stockton, Illinois140 contributions61 helpful votes
Stockton has a lot of history and the museum is trying to display and collect as much of it as possible. I am a member so I am biased but please stop by. It has limited hours but will open most times with a call to a board member. Stockton is the birthplace of Kraft foods, the first Kraft cheese plant was located here. Stockton also has the highest main street in Illinois. There are permanent and rotating displays and a new building was recently annexed to the original historical building. If you are passing through town or need to do family research, stop by. Many times someone will be working there.
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Date of experience: August 2017
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Andy M wrote a review Nov 2015
41 contributions2 helpful votes
Love to see how these little villages were established. The museum has so much history to offer, way to go stockton!
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Date of experience: November 2015
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Judith B wrote a review Oct 2015
Stockton, Illinois5 contributions2 helpful votes
Open frequently. Very good programs are offered as well as good exhibits. Local people are present to answer questions.
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Date of experience: September 2015
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