Tribune archive photo
October 22, 2012
The Pre-Emption House at Main Street and Chicago Avenue, pictured here on June 10, 1931, was built in 1831. According to local legend, Abraham Lincoln once gave an impromptu speech while standing on the roof. However, a Tribune report from 1946 says "Lincoln authorities" dispute the claim, stating that the president never visited Naperville. It was razed in 1946, but the Naperville Heritage Society recreated it in 1991.