Why do our roads go this way and that? It often depends on who created them. Large animals and the Indians who hunted them are probably responsible for the gentle curves of Algonquin Road and Dundee Road. The original trails tended to go around obstacles. The federal government built military roads such as Army Trail Road, Lake Street and Rand Road. Early farmers wanted roads such as Freeman and Baldwin to meander past neighbor homes. Baldwin once followed Northwest Highway east from Quentin Road to what is now Clark Street, Carpenter Street and finally Williams Drive. Palatine Township used survey lines to supervise the construction of Quentin Road and Roselle Road.
Elmer Gleich had zero success getting the Village of Palatine to approve his plan for apartments called Darien Fields. Palatine Golf Course at the northwest corner of Hicks Road and Baldwin Road was developed by Gleich’s successors. The Illinois State Highway Dept. was real eager to build the Rand-Golf Expressway. It was supposed to lie parallel and a little north of those two roads, but would have required demolishing thousands of homes. Four Seasons Nursing Centers of America received approval to build at the northeast corner of Quentin Road and Illinois Avenue. But neighborhood opposition eventually prevailed.