Indian Head Park, Illinois - History

History

The first Democratic Convention of Cook County was held in the area in 1835. At that time, Indian Head Park was closer to the center of the county, as Cook County then encompassed all of present day Du Page and parts of Will and Lake counties. During that time the area was known as Lyonsville.

Just north of the village, now on the site of the contentious Timber Trails subdivision, is one of the last camps of the Potawatomi Indians in Illinois.

The Lyonsville Congregational Church on the corner on Joliet and Wolf Rds was once a stop on the Underground Railroad.

The Village of Indian Head Park was incorporated on August 4, 1959.

On October 27, 2011, Kelli O'Laughlin, a 14 year-old freshman at Lyons Township High School was murdered. She was stabbed to death in an apparent burglary. This is believed to be the first murder in Indian Head Park history.

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