Ashburn - Chicago neighborhood
Now let's take a look at the Ashburn neighborhood. Most of this neighborhood
information was contributed by Wikipedia. The Wikipedia article may be viewed in its
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Ashburn, one of Chicago's 77 community areas, is located on the southwest side of the city.
Greater Ashburn covers nearly five square miles. The approximate boundaries of Ashburn
are 75th Street (N), Western Avenue (E), 87th Street (S) and Cicero Avenue (W).
Ashburn, which got its name as the dumping site for the city's ashes, was slow to experience
growth at the beginning of the 20th century. In 1893, the "Clarkdale" subdivision was planned
near 83rd and Central Park Avenue along the new Chicago & Grand Trunk Railway, with 19
homes in the first 50 years. The early residents were Dutch, Swedish and Irish. However, the
post-World War II economic boom, the industrial boom of Ford City, and the baby boom all
contributed to a population boom in the 1950-'60s. Affordable home prices and close
proximity to the Chicago Loop helped the boom.
Before Bogan High School was built, and before the area west of Pulaski Road was
developed, ash 'heaps' were visible in the area south of Ford City but north of 79th Street.
Also, the first food store in the area, north of the 87th & Pulaski "Hometown" Hi Lo food store
which opened around 1954, was an Atlantic and Pacific Tea Company A&P store at the
northwest corner of the 79th Street and Pulaski intersection. If you wanted more variety, you
had to drive over to Kroger on Western Avenue, or further East on 63rd Street. The site of
Bogan High School forced the 'house' move in 1955 of several brick homes which were
re-located just east of Dawes Elementary School, from Springfield Avenue. Also, vast skating
ponds in the winter were attractions for Dawes and St. Denis children, at the site of the
current playgrounds for Bogan. Located adjacent Bogan High School is Bogan Park, which
includes baseball fields, tennis courts, and some really tight basketball rims.
Metra's SouthWest Service provides Monday-Saturday rail service at the Ashburn railroad
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