‘New’ History Walk to include sites from east end of Ridge Road

June 24, 6:00pm

by Melanie Jongsma

LANSING, Ill. (June 19, 2019) – On Monday evening, Paul Schulz will lead his annual Lansing History Walk along Ridge Road, and this year’s walk will be different. Interested participants will meet in the parking lot behind Kilroy’s (3502 Ridge Road) rather than Gayety’s, and the group will head east to Wentworth Avenue. The intersection of Ridge and Wentworth was the site of Lansing’s oldest business, the Union Hotel.

Schultz was born and raised in Lansing, and he spent 34 years as a postal carrier delivering mail to the businesses along Ridge Road. His History Walks afford him an opportunity to share his own memories of Lansing history as well as documentation from his years as a member of the Lansing Historical Society.

In addition, Monday night’s History Walk will include input from Dr. Wes Molenaar, who will share firsthand memories of Dr. Potts, Lansing’s first doctor, and the namesake of Potts Park, Lansing’s oldest park. Herb Krumm—whose family once farmed the land now known as Fox Pointe—will be another featured guest.

Schultz, Molenaar, and Krumm will recount stories of the construction of Lans Theater (which now houses Beggars Pizza), the site of Henry Lansing’s store, and Wolff Tavern (now Kilroy’s), Lansing’s oldest continuously occupied tavern.

The History Walk is free to interested participants from Lansing and beyond. No advance sign-up is required; simply gather behind Kilroy’s at 6:00pm on Monday, June 24.

For more information, contact Barb Dust: 708-474-7497.

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