June 10, 1931

The Pre-Emption House at Main Street and Chicago Avenue 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.
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