History

The City of DeKalb was founded in 1837 by Russell Huntley, and embodies all the makings of a small town with big benefits. The early growth and prosperity of the community can be credited to two things: the invention/manufacture of barbed wire and the establishment of the Northern Illinois State Normal School (now NIU). These two entities brought many people to live and work within the village. DeKalb takes great pride in the community by maintaining small-town ambience through downtown preservation and showcasing its rich history.

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