In 1904 an all-brick railroad station was erected in Lake Bluff. At this time, the area was called Rockland. This was the only stop between Waukegan and Highland Park at that time.
Today, the Metra train [the Union Pacific North Line runs through and stops at the Lake Bluff Depot. That line runs from Kenosha, Wisconsin to the Ogilvie Station in Chicago and back.
When I take the train into the city, I usually drive from my home [Libertyville] to the Lake Bluff Station where I have to pay to park [a nominal fee]. I like to leave from here because the parking lot at the station has good lighting and is very safe.
1. The covered outside waiting area for the Lake Bluff Train Station
2. The 1904 Brick Lake Bluff Station view from Sheridan Road
3. The Village Sign for the Lake Bluff Train Station
4. Lake Bluff name on the Train Station
5. Sign as you enter the parking lot of the station. The rules are strictly enforced
Even though the Train Station is 100+ years old, it has been renovated and is well kept.
It is used daily by commuters to Chicago and on weekends it is used mainly by those wishing to visit the city.
While perusing Lake Bluff, I decided to check out the railroad depot, and in front of the station, I noticed a sign [see photo #1] about Blue Star Memorial Highway. This highway is SHERIDAN ROAD, and it leads toward the Naval Base in North Chicago.
Blue Star Memorial Highways were started after World War II to pay tribute to the nation's armed forces by designating certain State Highways, US Highways, and Interstate Highways. By 1945, the National Council of State Garden Clubs, Inc. started the Blue Star Memorial Highway Marker program. The plaque that you see in the first photo is such a plaque.
Like all of the plaques, this one reads, "Blue Star Memorial Highway-A tribute to the Armed Forces that have defended the United States of America".
The Blue Star was taken from the blue star in the service banner that was used in World War II on flags and homes of families that had a son/daughter in the service.
The Garden Clubs decided to help "beautify and preserve the country the men/women had fought for rather than to build stone monuments". [See Photo #2]
This one in Lake Bluff stands next to SHERIDAN ROAD and among flowers and grasses; there is also a resting bench.
I learned that there are more than 70,000 miles of highway designated as Blue Star Memorial Highways. Since we are in a war now, many of these memorials are being re-dedicated and new memorials are being errected.
I'm glad that I "stumbled" up this marker, which made me want to discover its origin and deeper meaning.