Village of Ford Heights
Incorporated in 1949, the Village of Ford Heights is located in the Northeast region of Illinois. Running along side of the 394 corridor and Route 30 Lincoln Hwy within Bloom Township in the County of Cook. As of the 2010 Census, Ford Heights has a population of approximately 2,800.
The area that would eventually become Ford Heights was first settled in the late 1840s it served as a stopping point on the Underground Railroad for runaway slaves fleeing to freedom. By the early 20th century, the area had developed into an agricultural community of farms operated mostly by Polish, Lithuanian, and Italian Americans. After World War I, African Americans from the Southern U.S. migrated to the area and worked on the farms.
A new subdivision known as the “Park Addition” was created on a farm road from Chicago Heights to Indiana, and it attracted residents to the area during the early 1920s. In 1924, 40 families successfully petitioned for electrical service. Soon after, the main east-west road became a two-lane concrete highway designated as U.S. Route 30, part of the transcontinental Lincoln Highway. By the 1930s, the Park Addition had telephone service and was known as East Chicago Heights. During the 1940s, Alberta Armstrong and others organized both black and white women in the community to raise funds for a new fire truck. By 1948, they had become the East Chicago Heights Citizens Association.