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Clinton marker

The Park Ridge Heritage Committee recently completed its wall of local, historic milestones with an inscription recognizing Hillary Clinton. The milestones surround the Campfire Girls Fountain at Park Ridge's Hodges Park. 

PARK RIDGE — With the addition of an inscription recognizing the local roots of former senator, secretary of state, presidential candidate and first lady Hillary Rodham Clinton, the Park Ridge Heritage Committee has completed its wall of local, historic milestones.

The Heritage Committee announced on Jan. 25 that it had completed its Milestones of History project at Hodges Park with the addition of a block noting Park Ridge native Clinton's 2016 candidacy for president.

The inscription on the granite stone, which is one of 34 surrounding the park's Campfire Girls Fountain, also identifies Clinton as U.S. secretary of state, U.S. senator, first lady of the United States and a 1965 graduate of Maine South High School.

It is the last stone in the series to be inscribed.

"Growing up in Park Ridge and attending our local elementary and high schools, Hillary Rodham Clinton spent her formative years in our city," a press release from the heritage committee said.

Committee Chairman Milton Nelson said the group is "elated" to have completed the milestones project, which began more than a decade ago.

"It's finally finished with the Hillary Clinton engraving in place," he said.

The new inscription joins a list of other historic happenings in the greater Park Ridge area, dating back to 1832, with the arrival of the the first European settlers.

In addition to Clinton, other individuals named on the milestones are composer John Alden Carpenter; William Black, a Civil War captain and defense attorney during the Chicago Haymarket Riot trial; Raymond Hollis, designer of the city flag; George Carpenter, the first village president, who also donated land for the first village hall; Frederic Goudy, book printer and type designer; Clara Barck Welles, founder of the Kalo Studio; Albert Buchheit, Park Ridge's first mayor; Mother Francis X. Cabrini, the first saint from the United States to be canonized; and artist Alfonso Iannelli, who local historians say designed the Campfire Girls Fountain.

The Heritage Committee, a group of resident volunteers, passed a resolution in April 2017 dedicating the final Hodges Park milestone to Clinton's achievements. A book published by the Heritage Committee, entitled "Park Ridge: Milestones of History," features Clinton's photo on the cover and includes three pages inside on her accomplishments, touching on her childhood and high school years in Park Ridge, her time spent as first lady, and her run for president as the Democratic Party's nominee in 2016.

Proceeds from sales of the book, in addition to some private donations, paid for the purchase of Clinton's milestone, Nelson said.

"No tax dollars were involved in installing the Hillary Clinton milestone," he said.

Clinton is also recognized on alumni walls of honor at Maine South and Maine East high schools, as she attended both schools, and in 2016, the learning resource center at Field School, where she attended elementary school, was named for her.

The corner of Elm and Wisner streets, where Clinton grew up, was given the honorary name "Rodham Corner" in 1997.

Clinton brought her 2016 presidential campaign to Park Ridge in May of that year when she spoke before a crowd at the Pickwick Theatre and was interviewed by CNN's Chris Cuomo inside the Park Ridge Public Library.

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