Berwyn is located in the state of Illinois and a suburban city of Cook County and is co-terminus with Berwyn Township that was formed in 1908. The area where the present-day Berwyn stands were traversed and inhabited by the Native Americans before the European settlers arrived on the site. The most notable trail was the Chicago portage, and the other two significant routes crossed the modern Berwyn. The land that was deeded to Theodore Doty in 1846 who ten built a Plank Road from Chicago to Ottawa that is situated within the Ottawa Trail. A piece of the land was then purchased of the property in the area in the hope of developing it as an aristocratic community and named it "LaVergne," however, there were only a few people who took an interest in the marshland. In the hope of attracting and encouraging the people to move to the site, a strip of the property was then sold in 1862 to the Burlington and Quincy Railroad.
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