Plainfield, IL is a village in the state of Illinois located about 38 miles southwest of Chicago’s ‘loop’. As of the 2010 census 40,500 people called Plainfield home.

The current area of Plainfield was originally called Walkers’ Grove until its name change in 1841. The first inhibitors were European settlers; among them was James Walker and his father-in-law, Methodist Reverend Jessie Walker.  In 1828, James Walker, in the company of several men, erected a sawmill around which the settlement of Walkers’ Grove developed.

The village flourished because of the DuPage River and established routes to Fort Dearborn in Chicago, as well as to Ottawa. Chicago depended upon the settlement for mail and supplies. This led to Plainfield being known as “The Mother of Chicago” although this has yet to be confirmed.

Plainfield is also the birthplace of Eddie Gardner, a pilot credited with establishing the transcontinental air mail routes for the USPS.  On August 28, 1990, an EF-5 tornado, went through the village and parts of Crest Hill and Joliet, killing 29 people and injuring hundreds.

Noteable people from the village include: Lisa Chesson, Olympic defenseman with the U.S. women’s ice hockey team;
Scott Davis, defensive end with the Los Angeles Raiders; John Henebry, US Air Force General; Melissa McCarthy, actress;
Kyle Williams, wide receiver with the Kansas City Chiefs.

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