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Lake Zurich’s Outlet

 Walking further you will pass several nice old homes built by prominent people along the lake. One of them belonged to Charles Erickson, the inventor of the rotary phone mechanism. Some of these homes were built with kits available through Sears Roebuck in the 1920s. Walking on, you will eventually come to the side street Lois Lane, and just beyond it to the outlet for Lake Zurich. From here Lake Zurich drains into North Flint Creek and makes its way to the Fox River. Very early on in the eighteen forties this outlet was dammed up by Seth Paine to make the lake level a little  higher, like it is today.

    From this point into town the road used to be called Paine Street for many years. It would probably still have that name if it weren’t for Ash Street, just a little farther up the road from the outlet. A former mayor lived on the corner of Ash Street and Paine, and got tired of having to say he lived at Paine and Ash. He used the power of his office and changed the name. Ela Historical Society would like to see it back. You may now push NEXT

A Historical Walk Around the Lake
  1. Paulus Park
  2. An Old Golf Course
  3. Breezy Point
  4. Pine Tree Row
  5. Lake Zurich Golf Club
  6. Lake Zurich’s Outlet
  7. Breezewald Park
  8. Paine and Main
  9. The Farman Hotel
  10. The Lake Zurich Creamery
  11. The Sea Wall
  12. The Bruce Ice House
  13. The Robertson House
  14. Along Robertson Road
  15. Whitney Road