Tinley Park History
Settled in back in the 1830s, Tinley Park became officially incorporated and recognized as the Village of Tinley Park in 1892. Before European settlers arrived, the Potawatomi Indian tribe hunted and fished in the area where present-day Tinley Park draws its boundaries. Although other Native American tribes like the Kaskaskias (Illini), the Ojibwa (Chippewa), and the Ottawas occasionally roamed the area, it was the Potawatomi tribe that was most closely associated with this region before European settlers arrived. There is a beautiful park in Tinley Park near 175th Street and 94th Avenue named Pottawatomie Park to honor the tribe’s place in Tinley Park history.
Tinley Park got its name from a neighbor of Tinley Park’s first mayor Henry C. Vogt Sr., who was named Samuel Tinley Sr. and also happened to be the community’s first railroad station agent. (Source: Ken O’Brien, Chicago Tribune, 1997).
Railroads are a huge part of Tinley’s heritage. In fact, the village’s official incorporation took place at the Tinley Park Oak Park Avenue train depot on June 27, 1892.
Among the relics Tinley Park’s railroad roots today is Engine 1892, a centennial monument that stands at the first train station of the village. This monument is meant to remind us about the railroad’s role in the rise and development of the village, and how the railroad continues to draw people to moving to the area since it makes transportation to Chicago and beyond a delight for commuters and all travelers.
And since 1970 Tinley Park we has two train stations, one is in downtown Tinley Park on Oak Park Avenue and the second is slightly southwest located on 80th Avenue, across the street from the Tinley Park Library. Investing in railroads brought industry and commerce to Tinley Park and today continues to attract new residents. You might find it interesting to know that between 1970 and 1994 Tinley Park experienced a settlement boom leading to the construction of more than 11,000 housing units. One of those new homeowners were my husband’s parents’ home. Today he and I and our family have our own home in Tinley Park.
To learn more Tinley Park history visit one of the following links below, especially the Tinley Park Library and Historical Society.