The growth of Kane County from virgin prairie to an
agricultural-industrial area is a study in the evolution of modern government. Now the
fifth most populous County in the state, Kane County is included in that part of Illinois
travelled by French explorers Father Jacques Marquette and Louis Joliet in 1673.
Marquette-Joliet expedition traveled down the Mississippi River from Canada and explored
this region on their return north along the Illinois River. The land was later claimed for
France by the explorer La Salle and his lieutenant, Tonti, and in 1717 was placed under
the government of Louisiana.