Sterling & Knight
Jewelry & Pawn
Sterling & Knight Jewelry & Pawn is a pawn shop serving Western Springs as a family business offering loans, appraisals, and purchases of jewelry. We have locations in nearby Hinsdale as well as Villa Park, and are happy to provide our services to Western Springs. At our store, you can sell or get a loan on gold, silver, and diamond jewelry and much more, including rare coins, objects of art, electronics, musical instruments and scrap gold. Whether you’re looking to sell jewelry near Western Springs or a reliable local pawn shop, Sterling & Knight is here to assist you.
Western Springs, located along the Chicago, Burlington & Quincy Railroad (now the Burlington Northern Santa Fe) between Chicago and Aurora, encompasses roughly the area between Willow Springs Road, Ogden Avenue, Interstate 294, and 55th Street. Named for local mineral springs on the southwest side of town, Western Springs originally consisted of flat prairie land with a swamp on its western border.
Around the turn of the 18th century, nomadic Potawatomi Native Americans settled in the Western Springs area. It is unclear whether they built a village, but evidence of temporary campsites has been found near Flagg Creek in Forest Hills. The natives were gone by the end of 1835, but Potawatomi artifacts may still be found buried in the Springdale neighborhood.
The first known settler in the area near Western Springs was Elijah Wentworth. By 1834, after the Black Hawk War, farmer Joseph Vial had moved from New York and built a cabin along what is now Plainfield Road, an ex-Native American trail in the south of Western Springs. This cabin served as a stagecoach station, hotel, general store, and post office for the entire area.
The CB&Q Railroad built a line through Western Springs in 1863, filling in much of the west-side swamp in the process. In 1870 the Western Springs Land Association, consisting of promoter Thomas Clarkson Hill, William Page, and two sons of Phillip F. W. Peck, bought the three tracts that make up the area for $105,000.
A large number of early residents were Quakers, and deeds often prohibited the sale of alcohol. In 1872 Hill moved to the area from Chicago, and the community began organizing to attract more commuters. Residents built a wooden schoolhouse (1872) and a post office (1873). Over time, with increased commuter settlement, Western Springs came to look less and less Quaker.
In 1885 the Grand Avenue School replaced the wooden schoolhouse, and the office of village marshal was created as a combination policeman, dogcatcher, and groundskeeper. In 1886 the Friend’s Church (razed in 1958) was built on the corner of Walnut and Woodland. That same year Western Springs incorporated as a village on February 30, 1886 by a public vote of 34 to 25. The voting townspeople elected a prominent Quaker developer, T. C. Hill, as the town’s first president.
After the spring dried up in 1890, the village hired engineers Edgar and Benezette Williams to build the village waterworks system, including the famous water tower. Constructed using Naperville stone, the tower stood 112 feet (34 m) high. Replaced in 1962, it became a museum in 1970 and entered the National Register of Historic Places in 1981.
Sterling & Knight Jewelry & Pawn is proud to serve the residents of Western Springs, IL. If you have questions about getting a loan or selling your jewelry and valuables, please read our FAQ page, or call us at (630) 321-5600.
We have two locations to serve you! We are located in:
109 E. St Charles Road
Villa Park, IL 60181
Hours: Monday 10 – 7:00
Tuesday – Friday 10 – 6:00
Saturday 10- 3:00
244 E. Ogden Ave.
Suite 114 (In the Courtyard of Koshgarian Plaza)
Hinsdale, IL 60521
Hours: Monday – Friday 10 – 6:00
Saturday & Sunday by appointment.
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