New Lenox Township, Twenty-First Century

It is likely in the Twenty-First Century, possibly as early as 2030 the population of New Lenox Township will exceed 75,000 to 85,000. The rich soil which drew settlers to this township is being converted from farming to housing and business properties. This process was well underway in the final decades of the Twentieth Century. Only a few vestiges of that rural life which lasted well into the mid-Twentieth Century will remain.

Samuel Haven Farm 1835 Rt. 30 Retail Center
Rt. 30 Retail Center
The farm begun by Samuel Haven in 1835, pictured here about 1880, was changed into the New Lenox Retail Center featuring chain stores Lowes, Target, Michaels and others in the 1990s.

The Township could very well become one town stretching from Homer Glen on the north to Manhattan on the south, from Joliet on the west to Frankfort/Mokena on the east.

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