Oswego is the largest municipality in Kendall County, Illinois, with a population of 34,485 according to the 2020 census.
In 1833, William Smith Wilson, Rebecca, and Daniel Pearce moved to Oswego with their family. Native Americans who owned the land along the Fox River in Kendall County were displaced when the United States government began surveying there. In 1842, the federal government sold the land for $1.25 per acre.
Lewis B. Judson and Levi F. Arnold from New York started the village, called Hudson initially. Due to a post office opening, it was then known as Lodi, sparking a debate over its official title. Citizens got together in January 1837 and voted for Oswego as their permanent name.
Oswego became a transportation hub once again in the early years of the century when inexpensive cars and paved roads became available. In Illinois, routes 25, 71, and 31 were intersected with U.S. Route 34, which followed old stagecoach routes. U.S. Route 30 segments have recently been annexed into the village, providing more transportation options for both residents and business owners.
The rich history of downtown Oswego can be explored and appreciated. Residents can enjoy the district's beauty, which includes the renovation of the Village of Oswego, including infrastructure and streetscape improvements, as well as Hudson Crossing Park, located on the Fox River. From Main Street to the park, the Waubonsee Creek Promenade adds a touch of beauty. Residents celebrated the village's 175th anniversary in 2008.
The Oswegoland Park District maintains 1,100 acres of open land, trails, and parks. 63 parks, 16 miles of walking trails, two aquatic parks, and the Little White School Museum serve 20,000 households, as well as visitors from far away, as part of the park district's mission to "create opportunities for a healthy community."
Oswego is served by the Oswego Community Unit School District 308 and a small portion is served by Yorkville Community Unit School District 115.
To Downtown Chicago – 31 miles
Transportation – There are Metra train stations available in the neighboring towns of Aurora and Naperville via the BNSF Railway line.
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