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    Monee Real Estate

    Strong local trandition ties the name of the village to the Ottawa wife of Joseph Aubert de Gaspe Bailly.  Marie and Joseph Bailly operated a fur tranding post now within the grounds of the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore in Chesterton, Indiana.  Because of language difficulties, Marie was often referred to as “Mo-Noo” rather than “Ma-Rie”.  Settlers came in the mid-1830’s to the edges of Raccoon Grove, farming the high ground of the Valparaiso Moraine.

    In 1853, the Illinois Central Railroad established a station in Monee with the town soon boasting a general store, a schoolhouse, and a grain warehouse.  By the 1870’s, there were several small farm implement factories, four churches, and a massive wind gristmill.

    With hopes that Monee would become a major city, being located midway between Chicago and Kankakee, it’s residents voted to incorporate as the village of Monee in 1874.  Monee also had a picnic ground and amusement park at Raccoon Grove in the early 1900’s.

    The small town center developed with the Illinois Central line at ground level but was later The Illinois Central built a new depot down in the cut and four bridges were built to provide access around the community.

    With an interchange on I-57, Monee has continued to grow as part of the southern expansion of the metropolitan region.