Zion Illinois History
Middlefork Savanna Forest Preserve is a hidden natural gem in the middle of Lake County, Illinois, just outside the city of Zion. The suburb was so small that it was located on barren land in Lake County in the 19th century, but it is home to the largest forest sanctuary in Illinois and the second largest of its kind in America.
When the early 1960s rolled in, plans were launched to build city apartments on Hebron Avenue in Zion City that would house more than 1,000 people, most of them young. Over 25 companies and business interests founded the economy of Zion and offered work to people who moved there from all over the world.
The first leading industry was Zion Lace Industries in England, where Samuel Stevenson and his brother moved the top work from England to Zion. Zion Hospice (pictured above) and its sister hospital, Zion Hospital, employed over 3,000 workers in the city. Bowie's own timber factory, the Bowie Lumber Company, which employed up to 2,500 workers, and other businesses.
Blacks made up nearly 30 percent of Zion's population, though there was a significant racial divide between blacks and whites in the city and the rest of Illinois during the 20th century.
Encouraged by a renewed invitation during the broadcast, fans came to visit the station's studios, attend the services at the Tabernacle of Shiloh, and enjoy the comforts of Zion Home. During World War II, many remained in Zion for the duration of their service in the US Army and Navy.
Although about half of the Waukegan community was from Zion and the Winthrop Harbor area, it was decided to build a plant in Zion, Illinois. Other members were contacted and soon a group of 20 or more members began to meet at Zion Citybebe in the city of Zion on the west side of Chicago. The city of Zion, named after the mountain on which Jerusalem was built, was to become the home of a new community of about 1,000 members. Of these, about half came from Zion and the other half from Winthrop.
Zion was located on the west side of Chicago, on the east coast of Lake Michigan, and at one point even on the Wisconsin border, though most of it was just south of the line that divides the states. It also appears to be located in the Waukegan and Winthrop Harbor area, about half a mile north and west of downtown Chicago. Zion also seemed to be the site of an important railway station, the Zion Station.
The Waukegan North Chicago Transit Company had a daily bus service to Zion, and Greyhound Buses stopped twice a day in Zion in both directions. Zion was also known for its special events that have taken place over the years, drawing crowds from far and wide. The Chicago and Northwestern Railroad served Zion, as did Metra and the Union Pacific North Line, both serving the city. It was so popular that it had its own station, Zion Station, which was located on the Chicago & Northwestern Railway, from where the Chicago and Northwest Railways ran daily to the Kenosha area.
If you want to experience more of the pristine beauty of the Illinois lakeside, there are two nature reserves in Illinois Beach State Park. Also in Zion, on the shores of Lake Michigan, is the largest nuclear power plant in the world, which delivers billions of kilowatts annually.
Dowie and his family moved to Zion City from Chicago in July 1902 and moved into a newly built house in the west of the city. Dowie also had the Zion Hospice, later known as the Zion Hotel, built to house workers involved in the development of cities. The American International Hospital of Zion, Illinois, is the only hospital in the United States with its own hospital building. As I walk through time today, the 25-room house, built in 1901, is still in its original condition and a popular destination for tourists and locals.
The Zion Cookie Factory was founded and sent fig bars to Europe and Asia, and the Zion Candy Factory sent beauties all over the world.
If Anselm was right, WCBD was a dud, even though it was meant to be a wandering beacon. Nevertheless, Dowie grew rapidly, and by 1901 he had amassed enough followers to erect a "biblical city" on the ruins of the old Zion Baptist Church in the city of Zion, Illinois. But the Prohibition era became a microcosmic symbol of repressive Protestant moralism, lamented from coast to coast by Jazz Age journalists. The considerable attention paid to Zion by the press was not distracted from the cautious admiration for the communal ideals that it embodied in the city's founding, nor did it depart from its status as one of Illinois "most popular tourist destinations. In the 1920s, the population of Zion remained a stable, approximately 1,000-strong, predominantly white and middle class.