Images: An Hour in Villa Park

 
Posted7/26/2015 1:00 AM

By Kevin Schmit

We spent one hour -- no more, no less -- roaming around Villa Park photographing things that caught our eye. The obvious and the obscure, big stuff and small. But all identifiable to Villa Park.

It's a village rich in history dating back to its days as a farming community in the mid 1850s and continuing through its many years as a railroad hub for the iconic Ovaltine factory. Drive through Villa Park and you immediately get a sense of what makes the western suburban community unique.

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So here's "An Hour in Villa Park."

Evidence of Villa Park's Adopt-A-Hydrant program can be seen throughout the village. Here's a tribute to the fire department.
  Evidence of Villa Park's Adopt-A-Hydrant program can be seen throughout the village. Here's a tribute to the fire department.
Kevin Schmit | Staff Photographer
Villa Park's Historical Society Museum was built in 1929 as a stop for the electric train line.
  Villa Park's Historical Society Museum was built in 1929 as a stop for the electric train line.
Kevin Schmit | Staff Photographer
Veteran's Memorial Park in Villa Park features a Nike Ajax missile and plaques commemorating each branch of the U.S. Armed Forces.
  Veteran's Memorial Park in Villa Park features a Nike Ajax missile and plaques commemorating each branch of the U.S. Armed Forces.
Kevin Schmit | Staff Photographer
Sugar Creek Golf Course in Villa Park opened in 1976 and underwent extensive renovations in 2003.
  Sugar Creek Golf Course in Villa Park opened in 1976 and underwent extensive renovations in 2003.
Kevin Schmit | Staff Photographer
Villa Park's Historical Society Museum was built in 1929 as a stop for the electric train line.
  Villa Park's Historical Society Museum was built in 1929 as a stop for the electric train line.
Kevin Schmit | Staff Photographer
Veteran's Memorial Park in Villa Park features a Nike Ajax missile and plaques commemorating each branch of the U.S. Armed Forces.
  Veteran's Memorial Park in Villa Park features a Nike Ajax missile and plaques commemorating each branch of the U.S. Armed Forces.
Kevin Schmit | Staff Photographer
Veteran's Memorial Park in Villa Park features a Nike Ajax missile and plaques commemorating each branch of the U.S. Armed Forces.
  Veteran's Memorial Park in Villa Park features a Nike Ajax missile and plaques commemorating each branch of the U.S. Armed Forces.
Kevin Schmit | Staff Photographer
Veteran's Memorial Park in Villa Park features a Nike Ajax missile and plaques commemorating each branch of the U.S. Armed Forces.
  Veteran's Memorial Park in Villa Park features a Nike Ajax missile and plaques commemorating each branch of the U.S. Armed Forces.
Kevin Schmit | Staff Photographer
The Chicago Great Western Railroad Depot was built in 1926. The tracks, constructed in 1886 and 1887, helped serve the nearby Ovaltine factory.
  The Chicago Great Western Railroad Depot was built in 1926. The tracks, constructed in 1886 and 1887, helped serve the nearby Ovaltine factory.
Kevin Schmit | Staff Photographer
An eclectic mix of shops and businesses line Villa Avenue in Villa Park.
  An eclectic mix of shops and businesses line Villa Avenue in Villa Park.
Kevin Schmit | Staff Photographer
Pioneer Garden and Feed, opened in 1918, is one of the many shops and businesses lining Villa Avenue in Villa Park.
  Pioneer Garden and Feed, opened in 1918, is one of the many shops and businesses lining Villa Avenue in Villa Park.
Kevin Schmit | Staff Photographer
Villa Park's Historical Society Museum was built in 1929 as a stop for the electric train line.
  Villa Park's Historical Society Museum was built in 1929 as a stop for the electric train line.
Kevin Schmit | Staff Photographer
The Chicago Great Western Railroad Depot was built in 1926. The tracks, constructed in 1886 and 1887, helped serve the nearby Ovaltine factory.
  The Chicago Great Western Railroad Depot was built in 1926. The tracks, constructed in 1886 and 1887, helped serve the nearby Ovaltine factory.
Kevin Schmit | Staff Photographer
Veteran's Memorial Park in Villa Park features a Nike Ajax missile and plaques commemorating each branch of the U.S. Armed Forces.
  Veteran's Memorial Park in Villa Park features a Nike Ajax missile and plaques commemorating each branch of the U.S. Armed Forces.
Kevin Schmit | Staff Photographer
Veteran's Memorial Park in Villa Park features a Nike Ajax missile and plaques commemorating each branch of the U.S. Armed Forces.
  Veteran's Memorial Park in Villa Park features a Nike Ajax missile and plaques commemorating each branch of the U.S. Armed Forces.
Kevin Schmit | Staff Photographer
Sugar Creek Golf Course in Villa Park opened in 1976 and underwent extensive renovations in 2003.
  Sugar Creek Golf Course in Villa Park opened in 1976 and underwent extensive renovations in 2003.
Kevin Schmit | Staff Photographer
Veteran's Memorial Park in Villa Park features a Nike Ajax missile and plaques commemorating each branch of the U.S. Armed Forces.
  Veteran's Memorial Park in Villa Park features a Nike Ajax missile and plaques commemorating each branch of the U.S. Armed Forces.
Kevin Schmit | Staff Photographer
Villa Park's gazebo stands near the Prairie Path at Ardmore Avenue and serves as a hub for many village events.
  Villa Park's gazebo stands near the Prairie Path at Ardmore Avenue and serves as a hub for many village events.
Kevin Schmit | Staff Photographer
Veteran's Memorial Park in Villa Park features a Nike Ajax missile and plaques commemorating each branch of the U.S. Armed Forces.
  Veteran's Memorial Park in Villa Park features a Nike Ajax missile and plaques commemorating each branch of the U.S. Armed Forces.
Kevin Schmit | Staff Photographer
Kevin Schmit/kschmit@dailyherald.comA view of Villa Park's iconic Village Hall.
Kevin Schmit/kschmit@dailyherald.comA view of Villa Park's iconic Village Hall.
A view of Villa Park's iconic Village Hall with an Adopt-A-Hydrant recipient in the foreground.
  A view of Villa Park's iconic Village Hall with an Adopt-A-Hydrant recipient in the foreground.
Kevin Schmit | Staff Photographer
Centennial Clock on the Prairie Path was donated by the Rotary Club of Villa Park in 2005 to celebrate the organization's 100 years of service.
  Centennial Clock on the Prairie Path was donated by the Rotary Club of Villa Park in 2005 to celebrate the organization's 100 years of service.
Kevin Schmit | Staff Photographer
A view of the Prairie Path running through Villa Park.
  A view of the Prairie Path running through Villa Park.
Kevin Schmit | Staff Photographer
Centennial Clock on the Prairie Path was donated by the Rotary Club of Villa Park in 2005 to celebrate the organization's 100 years of service.
  Centennial Clock on the Prairie Path was donated by the Rotary Club of Villa Park in 2005 to celebrate the organization's 100 years of service.
Kevin Schmit | Staff Photographer
Villa Park's gazebo stands near the Prairie Path at Ardmore Avenue and serves as a hub for many village events.
  Villa Park's gazebo stands near the Prairie Path at Ardmore Avenue and serves as a hub for many village events.
Kevin Schmit | Staff Photographer
The Villa Park Chamber of Commerce building sits right on the Prairie Path just west of Ardmore Avenue.
  The Villa Park Chamber of Commerce building sits right on the Prairie Path just west of Ardmore Avenue.
Kevin Schmit | Staff Photographer
Centennial Clock on the Prairie Path was donated by the Rotary Club of Villa Park in 2005 to celebrate the organization's 100 years of service.
  Centennial Clock on the Prairie Path was donated by the Rotary Club of Villa Park in 2005 to celebrate the organization's 100 years of service.
Kevin Schmit | Staff Photographer
The Villa Park Chamber of Commerce building sits right on the Prairie Path just west of Ardmore Avenue.
  The Villa Park Chamber of Commerce building sits right on the Prairie Path just west of Ardmore Avenue.
Kevin Schmit | Staff Photographer
The Villa Park Public Library opened in 1928 with a total of 400 books. The current building opened in 1969.
  The Villa Park Public Library opened in 1928 with a total of 400 books. The current building opened in 1969.
Kevin Schmit | Staff Photographer
Villa Park artist Leonard Lasko donated his "Metamorphosis" sculpture to the village in 1988. It's displayed outside the public library.
  Villa Park artist Leonard Lasko donated his "Metamorphosis" sculpture to the village in 1988. It's displayed outside the public library.
Kevin Schmit | Staff Photographer
A view of the Prairie Path running through Villa Park.
  A view of the Prairie Path running through Villa Park.
Kevin Schmit | Staff Photographer
Evidence of Villa Park's Adopt-A-Hydrant program can be seen throughout the village. Here's a tribute to Willowbrook High School's football team.
  Evidence of Villa Park's Adopt-A-Hydrant program can be seen throughout the village. Here's a tribute to Willowbrook High School's football team.
Kevin Schmit | Staff Photographer
A creek runs through the campus of Willowbrook High School in Villa Park.
  A creek runs through the campus of Willowbrook High School in Villa Park.
Kevin Schmit | Staff Photographer
Willowbrook High School in Villa Park opened in 1959.
  Willowbrook High School in Villa Park opened in 1959.
Kevin Schmit | Staff Photographer
Villa Park's skate park is a concrete dream for local adventure seekers.
  Villa Park's skate park is a concrete dream for local adventure seekers.
Kevin Schmit | Staff Photographer
Villa Park's skate park is a concrete dream for local adventure seekers.
  Villa Park's skate park is a concrete dream for local adventure seekers.
Kevin Schmit | Staff Photographer
Villa Park's skate park is a concrete dream for local adventure seekers.
  Villa Park's skate park is a concrete dream for local adventure seekers.
Kevin Schmit | Staff Photographer
A view of Villa Park's iconic Village Hall.
  A view of Villa Park's iconic Village Hall.
Kevin Schmit | Staff Photographer
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