Elburn is a village in Kane County, Illinois, United States. The population was 5,602 as of the 2010 census, up from 2,756 at the 2000 census. It is located at the intersection of Illinois Route 38 and Route 47. Elburn is a town situated 46 miles (74 km) west of the Chicago Loop with frequent commuter rail service from its Metra station at the end of the Union Pacific West Line. Elburn is located at 41°53.6′N 88°28.1′W (41.8940, -88.4686).According to the 2010 census, Elburn has a total area of 3.13 square miles (8.11 km2), all land.Flat, corn fields make up the majority of Elburn’s landscape.
On May 2, 1834, William Lance arrived in the Elburn area, and soon built a home there. Shortly thereafter, a man named Henry Warne arrived and opened a stagecoach inn called the Halfway House, since it was half-way between Oregon, Illinois and Chicago. When the Chicago and North Western Transportation Company built through the area in 1854, the stop at this site was named Blackberry Station after the Township. The village incorporated as Elburn in 1886.The village was originally named Blackberry Station, but was changed at the request of the railroad. The name Elburn itself derives from its originally suggested name, Melbourne, but a suggestion to shorten the name resulted in the dropping of the “M”, leaving Elbourne. From there, it was shortened even further to Elburne, and then finally to Elburn.Once largely rural, the area’s population began rapidly expanding in the 1990s with the arrival of large tract home developments.
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