A planned recreational area 25 miles from Chicago will preserve the memory of a poor farm that once housed the county's poor, elderly and disabled. Ironically, if not for the recent recession, the land might have been turned into a business park. The Oak Forest Heritage Preserve will include a 1.5-mile loop trail that will guide visitors through the property's main sites. Interpretive signs will tell about the poor farm that opened in 1910 and other features. The effort to preserve the land's forgotten history may never have happened if not for an event in very recent history: the Great Recession that began in 2007. A buyer was interested in developing part of the property as a business park, but the deal fell through in 2009.
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