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Lake County Tales
There are many stories in Lake County Illinois.
 the Dan & Jenny Trio present them via song, story,
 and moving pictures.

It all begins with beavers changing our waterways.
Our rivers and lakes created a beautiful area to enjoy.
Original songs tell of the Potawatomi, idealists, farmers, and  other characters in our county.

These are a few of the tales:
  • Old Maud of the P.LZ. & W.

The P.LZ.&W.(Palatine, Lake Zurich & Wauconda) railway brought Chicagoans out to enjoy Lake County in 1912-'24 

    These were 'party trains', bringing celebrants out to the country for fresh air, lake activities, and good times.    
     The overloaded trains were sometimes unable to carry the revelers, and they would sometimes be asked to get out and walk over some steep grades. 

It was fondly known as the
"Palatine, Lake Zurich,and Walk-the rest of the way" line. 

Who was the Beer Baron?

The Ballad of Terry Druggan

  • What put the "ick" in Lake Zurich? 
Not all the tales are from the distant past.
Lake County is full of hidden stories that are brought
 to life by the Dan & Jenny Trio. 

  • What is unique about your neighborhood?
       Learn something fun about the place you call home. 
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 Hear the story of "Old Maud",
 the real little engine that could.

Old Maud

Bootleggers, during Prohibition, often sought
the remoteness of the country just outside the
Cook County border.
One of the tastiest brews was created by
Terry Druggan and Frankie Lake of the
Valley Gang out of Cicero.
They were very successful by "needling" beer.
(Adding alcohol to 'near beer')
They became millionaires, and were the first
bootleggers to be convicted of tax evasion.

Terry Druggan lived his last days in Lake County.