See also: DeKalb
DeKalb is a city of the county of DeKalb, Illinois, the United States, in the west of Chicago. According to the census of 2000, its population is of: 39018 inhabitants. Densité : 417 hab/km ² (1 079,9 hab/mi ²). Total surface area: 32,7 km ² (12,6 semi ²). Its geographical coordinates are.
HistoryFounded in 1837, the city takes its rise only with the arrival of the Railroad in 1853. It is named in homage to the general Johann Kalb, killed at the time of the American revolutionary war. Agriculture was the main activity up to 1873-1874 when the farmer Joseph Glidden develops the barbed Wire and launches out in the production of its invention. Glidden sells half of its business to the merchant Isaac L. Ellwood and together they form Barb Fence Company. The patent is disputed by Jacob Haish. After 18 years of procedure, the patent of Glidden is recognized. Still today, the city is called “ Barb City ”.
The city shelters the Northern Illinois University, founded in 1893, and remains an important place for agriculture. In the Years 1930, DeKalb AgResearch Corporation, today Monsanto, put on the market its first hybrid variety of Maïs.
PersonalitiesCindy Crawford was born in DeKalb.
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