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Fox River races drew thousands in the 1930s and 1940s

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Members of the Elgin Marine Club enjoy an event at their club in the 1960s. The group's clubhouse was located on the east side of the Fox River just south of the city's water pumping station.

Courtesy Melissa Dauffenbach

Members of the Elgin Marine Club ski in the Fox River south of I-90. The club sponsored boat races in the 1930s that attracted thousands of spectators.

Courtesy Melissa Dauffenbach

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The Thunder on the Fox races that are expected to draw thousands to the Fox River may have some wondering about the popularity of water sports on the Fox River in earlier years. Not only has the Fox River been the site of various activities since the city's earliest days, but the events were so popular that this year's event might have difficulty eclipsing them.
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    • Members of the Elgin Marine Club enjoy an event at their club in the 1960s. The group's clubhouse was located on the east side of the Fox River just south of the city's water pumping station.
    • Members of the Elgin Marine Club ski in the Fox River south of I-90. The club sponsored boat races in the 1930s that attracted thousands of spectators.
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