Our guest contributor this week is Pat Barch, the Hoffman Estates Historian.  This column originally appeared in the April 2012 issue of the Hoffman Estates Citizen, the village’s newsletter.  The column appears here, courtesy of the Village of Hoffman Estates.

Have you ever wondered how the developers of our Village chose the names for the streets?  I asked Jack Hoffman of F & S construction Co. that question when I interviewed him one afternoon several years ago.  He said that there was no special way of picking names for streets but I’ve noticed a plan of sorts for the names.

I’ve noticed that the streets in parcel A, the first homes to be built in Hoffman Estates, have names of trees, plants and fruits such as Apple, Ash, Aspen, Holly, Apricot, and Bluebonnet.  On the south side of Higgins Rd. parcel B had names from Arizona. Arizona was one of the areas developed by F & S Construction and includes names such as Apache, Arizona and Cochise.  A sprinkling of Arizona names also continues in parcel C with Flagstaff, Grand Canyon, Maricopa, Mohave, Navajo and Mesa.

The Highland area has streets that are in alphabetical order.  That helps when you have to give directions to your house.

Up north off of Palatine Rd. we have a group of very valuable streets named Diamond, Sapphire, Jade, Amber, Garnet, Topaz and the most valued street of Mumford.

The farther west you travel in Hoffman Estates, with many acres of forest preserves for neighbors, you’ll find more hunting, animal and bird names like Mallard, Falcon, Hunters Ridge, Bear Claw, Fox Path, and Pheasant Trail.

We can find a wonderful group of friendly streets that back up to our neighbors in Elgin.  Irene, Florence, Frank, Russell, Dale and Maureen are the street names but maybe they were sweethearts, daughters, husbands or fathers to the engineers, architects and homebuilders for that area.  We may never know for sure.

It’s great to have a street named after you.  We do have some that were named for early Village Trustees.  A few are; Gannon Dr. for Trustee James Gannon, Harmon Blvd. for Trustee John Harmon and  Seaver  Ln. for Trustee George Seaver.

Early farmers weren’t forgotten when it came to naming streets.  Meyer Rd. is one of the streets where farmer Ben Meyer had his farm on the South side of Higgins Rd in the Pie section.  Jones Rd. was once Jahns Rd. when the Jahn Family had their farm on the east side near Hillcrest Blvd.  My only proof of this is Cook County Clerk Edward J. Barrett’s October, 1956 precinct list of registered voters that shows a Jahns Road  for “Township of Schaumburg District 1”.  Three people were registered voters on Jahns Road, Charlotte G Jahn, Edwin Jahn and Carl Meier.  Over time the spelling was misread and it eventually became Jones Road.

Knowing this trivia may someday help you find your way around town.

Pat Barch
Hoffman Estates Village Historian


  1. kru Says:

    I really appreciate these columns. It’s great to know the history of your hometown, it makes you appreciate it more. Thanks for sharing your knowledge.

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