Lemont, Illinois is a suburb southwest of the city of Chicago. It is located in Cook, DuPage and Will counties. Neighboring cities are Bolingbrook, Homer Glen and Romeoville.
In 2012, the population in Lemont was 16,377, according to the U.S. census report. The median age there was 42.6 years in 2012. The zip code there is 60439.
The estimated median household income in 2011 was $76,452, compared to $43,628 in nearby Chicago.
The estimated mean cost of a home or condominium in Lemont is $319,000, compared to $178,500 in the rest of Illinois. The nearest Amtrak train stations are in Joliet and Naperville.
There are several colleges and universities near Lemont, including Lewis University in Romeoville, Moraine Valley Community College in Palos Hills, Benedictine University in Lisle, and the College of DuPage in Glen Ellyn. The public high school in Lemont is Lemont Township High School at 800 Porter St. There is also one private high school in Lemont, the Mount Assisi Academy School at 13860 Main St. There are four public elementary/middle schools and seven private/parochial schools in Lemont.
Lemont was originally known as Keepataw (after a Potowatomie chief). A post office was established in 1840 as Keepatau. After that, it was named Athens and then Palmyra. The name Lemont (literally, 'the mountain' in French) was chosen in 1850 at the suggestion of Lemuel Brown, the postmaster and justice of the peace. His brother, Nathaniel Brown, may have suggested the name. Lemont was formally incorporated in 1874.
Lemont is one of the oldest American communities in northeastern Illinois. It is historically significant for its role in transforming the northern region of the state from a sparsely settled area to a commercial and industrial region. Lemont also has an authentic historic district that has been continually used since the 19th century.
Lemont's history is linked to the Illinois and Michigan Canal (I&M). Construction of the I&M Canal began in 1837 and was one of the last major canal projects in the United States. Completed in 1848, it provided a continuous waterway from New York through the Erie canal, Lake Erie, Lake Huron and Lake Michigan, to Chicago, then through the I&M Canal for 97 miles and entering the Illinois River at LaSalle, Illinois. It is also connected to the Mississippi River, New Orleans and the Gulf of Mexico.
Immigrant workers, most of them from Ireland, settled in Lemont to work on the canal. They later moved along the corridor of the canal, improving farms that were planted along it.
The BMW Championship (PGA Tour) and the prior Western Open was held in Lemont between 1991 and 2007, and again in 2009 to 2011. The tournament was played at the Cog Hill Golf and Country Club.
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