Explore the Fox Valley!
The year was 1835, and to the south of what is present-day Aurora,
Pottawatomie, Ottawa, and Chippewa tribes still officially
owned the land along the Fox River on which two newly-arrived
businessmen laid out a new village. Located about fifty miles west
of Chicago at an easy crossing of the river where it was joined by Waubonsie Creek in Kendall County,
the village of Hudson -- later to be named Oswego --
was founded. Ever since Decoalia Towle and his wife Elizabeth
established an inn and tavern at Oswego on the road to that crossing, the
city has been growing.
an initial boost to the local economy first in 1870 and then again in
1900. An abundance of automobiles and new roads later added to Oswego's
role as a transportation hub. The population has grown from about
3,900 in 1990 to well over 25,000 in 2006... and the growth shows no
signs of slowing as the city expands in all four directions.
Oswego now straddles both sides of the Fox River; continuing and
rapid economic development, growth and abundant opportunity have become the city's trademarks.