Once upon a time

Early Hinsdale - This photo in Sandy Williams' book, "Images of America - Hinsdale," is of William Robbins' second addition to the village. "Hinsdale flourished and Robbins made two additions to the village. This, his second, 'Park Addition,' was designed in 1869 by well-known landscape architect H.W.S. Cleveland. Familiar with Olmsted and Vaux's curvilinear plan of Riverside, Robbins sought this new, more picturesque layout for the area that included his own home. Cleveland worked with the natural terrain in planning the curving streets, landscaped medians, and parkway 'islands' of green."