Rondout, Illinois

Rondout, Illinois

Rondout, Illinois

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Rondout is an unincorporated village along Illinois Route 176 between Interstate 94 and U.S. Route 41 in Lake County, Illinois, United States. Rondout shares a border with Knollwood to the East and Green Oaks to the West. Rondout residents attend Rondout Elementary School, the sole school of Rondout School District 72. High school-aged residents attend Libertyville High School in Libertyville. The village shares postal codes with Libertyville, Lake Forest and Lake Bluff. In the past, the now-defunct Chicago North Shore and Milwaukee Railroad ran through Rondout, although the tracks have been paved over with a bike path. Metra's Milwaukee District/North Line runs through Rondout, as well as the Canadian Pacific railroad, and the Elgin, Joliet and Eastern Railroad. Amtrak and the Wisconsin and Southern Railroad run on the Metra and Canadian Pacific lines as well, making Rondout a popular site for railfans. Previously, when the Milwaukee Road commuter rail service ran through Rondout, there was a railroad station in the village, although now only the platform remains. Rondout is probably best known for the largest train robbery in U.S. history which occurred in 1924, when a gang of robbers known as The Newton Gang robbed a mail train in the village. The amount stolen was an estimated $3 million in cash, bonds and jewelry. To this day, not all of the money has been recovered leading to the legend that it is buried somewhere. The event is chronicled in the Richard Linklater...
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