Farm History and Site Map
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Historic DUSAF Map of the Site
In 1967 the state of Illinois began to acquire the farms of the 6,800-acre National Accelerator Laboratory site. Fifty-six farm families had to move from their homesteads. The map to the right of this text shows the locations of the farms around the site. Many parcels of land were held by lending institutions. The roads are somewhat different now, from the early days when this map was drawn, but the general features of the site remain unchanged.
A group of architectural-engineering firms that came together in 1968 under the acronym of DUSAF to assist Robert R. Wilson with the design of the laboratory site evaluated the existing properties on the site and numbered them. These site numbers are maintained at Fermilab for practical reasons and have become a part of each site's identity. Each farm has at least one site number to identify its early location on the old DUSAF maps.
More information on Fermilab's farm history:
- Farmers of the Fermilab Site
- "Whose Houses are They?"
- Remembrance of Things Past, 2000-2001
- Farmer's Picnic/Potluck Photos
- Community life : Site 3 and Site 30 and Site 52
- Additional historical farm photographs
- Rod Oxe's Memories of Farm Life
- Where Have All The Farmers Gone? - two articles about farmers by Karyl Louwenaar
- Suggested Drive Around Historic Sites
Please contact the archivist for access to this special collection