The Bridge Ballroom

In the beginning of the 1930s, the Polly Prim soon went by the name of ‘The Bridge’ or ‘The Bridge Ballroom.’ During the 1930s and 1940s, the Bridge would operate similarly to the Prim. Dances, dinners, and fights were again very popular. However, due to some different factors, mainly from the Depression and World War… Continue reading The Bridge Ballroom

Businesses, Community Buildings, Construction, Historic Structures

The Polly Prim

When McHenry was a travel destination for vacationers, it offered many colorful locations for people to enjoy themselves. One of the most interesting places was the Polly Prim which was located where the Hickory Pit now sits today on Rte. 120 & Charles St. The Polly Prim was built in the spring of 1924, by… Continue reading The Polly Prim

Community Buildings, Public Services & Utilities

The Origins of the West McHenry Post Office

McHenry has had several things that make it stand out from its neighbors. Yet, one of the more distinctive things about it was that for many years it was the only city in America to have two Post Offices that worked independently of each other. From 1882 to 1950 McHenry had two post offices, one… Continue reading The Origins of the West McHenry Post Office