A symbol for McHenry County was sitting right there on the license plate that celebrated the sesquicentennial of the founding of McHenry County.
I’m told a variation is under consideration for a new McHenry County Seal.
Somewhere in the basement is probably the original artwork that my father submitted to the Illinois Secretary of State’s Office. He didn’t design it.
I was in the room when Dixie O’Hara announced the winner of the of the design contest.
He had submitted some building (maybe more than one), but the new Northern Illinois Medical Center hospital was not included.
O’Hara never really adequately answered why the design had been so radically changed from what the youth had submitted.
Maybe you can see something there that points to Crystal Lake or Algonquin or Cary or Fox River Grove.
I do see Woodstock’s Opera House and Old Courthouse.
I see a gazebo, which could be from either Woodstock or Huntley. (I’m not a gazebo expert.)
I think that’s St. John’s Church in Johnsburg, not surprising considering the power that Johnsburg’s Al Jourdan had in the courthouse at that time.
And, there is the new McHenry Hospital.
And lots of farm symbols.
Nothing indicating that water might have played a big role in McHenry County’s development.
Nothing about the main railroad line that cuts the county in half.
Some previous McHenry County Seal Posts:
- Sealed With A Dis
- The Great Seal Of McHenry County Not Great Enough
- McHenry County Eye Candy
- McHenry County Seal Makeover Makes The News
- Baseball, Hot Dogs, Community College, and County Seals
- The Passive-Aggressive State of Illinois Seal
- How To Create An Official Seal – Part 1: The Mechanics
- How To Create An Official Seal – Part 2: Credentials
- Another Great McHenry County Seal
- Best Option Re Final Candidates For New McHenry County Seal
- The McHenry County Seal Slaughter
- Dick Tracy Fails to Get the Ladies’ Vote – Part 1
- Dick Tracy Fails to Get the Ladies’ Vote – Part 2
- Dick Tracy Fails to Get the Ladies’ Vote – Part 3