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Songs and Stories
     July 7, 2019      #5B-188 SsK
 
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Abram True emigrated here from Manchester, Indiana, in 1850. He built the first wood-framed house in what is now Kankakee.

Kankakee County Museum Photo Archive

Jack Klasey: Abram Trueâs Half-Mile House 

Jack Klasey: La casa de media milla de Abram True

By Jack Klasey
jwklasey@comcast.net


In 1852, Abram True built a house for his family in the woods alongside a deep-worn trail that would later become Maple Street. True’s building was the first wood-frame structure erected within what is today the city of Kankakee.

The trail that passed his home was an ancient “highway” for Native Americans and pioneer families. It branched off Hubbard’s Trail (now Illinois Route 1) near Danville, and angled northwestward across Iroquois County. Passing east of Mount Langham, it crossed the Kankakee River at present-day Aroma Park, then followed the north bank of the river through ...

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This large, two-story building was erected in 1852 on the northeast corner of Maple Street and Orchard Avenue by Abram True. Because it was located one-half mile east of the railroad, it became known as Half-Mile House.

Kankakee County Museum Photo Archive

Jack Klasey
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