Guest, B. Ross||Kouba, Leonard J.
M.S. Ed. (Master of Education)
Department of Earth Science
This paper attempts to examine and analyze the geographical changes which have taken place in Bensenville, Illinois, a small town located 25 miles west of Chicago. Bensenville, originally known as Tioga, was primarily a stopping off place for Indian tribes. After the area was settled by farmers from New York and Vermont, it was important for grain production and dairying. These activities continued to be important throughout the 1900's. In the early part of the 20th century, the economy of the area shifted from an emphasis upon agriculture to one based on industry. Industrial development was slow at first and consisted mainly of the construction of transportation facilities and housing. During World War II, Bensenville manufactured goods for the country's war effort and served as an important rail center. After the war, the area's industrial base was expanded to include the manufacture of such durable and nondurable commodities as machine parts, aircraft tires, chemicals, paints, and hydraulics. This broadening of industry brought about more job opportunities and a rapid increase in population. The area's population has continued to grow at an annual rate of about twenty five per cent which has also placed severe pressures upon the city's housing, schools, recreation, shopping, transportation, and eating facilities. In order to provide the additional services that are needed and will be needed by Bensenville's growing population, the city should develop a plan of land use priorities. The changes in land use recommended in this paper are practical as well as workable and if implemented should help to alleviate many of Bensenville's problems. Any plan is more easily formulated than carried out. However, if improvement is undertaken with firm determination and resolve, Bensenville can indeed make the transition from a once agrarian community to a modernized industrial society.
Itrich, Thomas J., "The historical geography of Bensenville, Illinois" (1970). Graduate Research Theses & Dissertations. 5824.
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