Sterling & Knight
Jewelry & Pawn
Sterling & Knight Jewelry & Pawn is a pawn shop serving Wheaton as a family business offering loans, appraisals, and purchases of jewelry or anything of value. We have locations in nearby Villa Park as well as Hinsdale and are happy to provide our services to Wheaton. 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 Wheaton or a reliable local pawn shop near me, Sterling & Knight is here to assist you.
Wheaton has a rich history. The city dates its founding to the period between 1831 and 1837, following the Indian Removal Act, when Erastus Gary laid claim to 790 acres (3.2 km2) of land near present-day Warrenville. The Wheaton brothers arrived from Connecticut, and in 1837 Warren Wheaton laid claim to 640 acres (2.6 km2) of land in the center of town. Jesse Wheaton later made claim to 300 acres (1.2 km2) of land just west of Warren’s. It was not long before other settlers from New England joined them in the community. In 1848, they gave the Galena and Chicago Union Railroad three miles (5 km) of right-of-way, upon which railroad officials named the depot Wheaton. In 1850, ten blocks of land were platted and anyone who was willing to build immediately was granted free land. In 1853, the lots were surveyed and a formal plat for the city was filed with the county. The city was then incorporated in 1859 with Warren serving as its first President. The city was re-incorporated on March 1, 1890, when the first mayor of the city was selected, Judge Elbert Gary, son of Erastus Gary and founder of Gary, Indiana.
In 1857, the Illinois state legislature authorized an election to be held to decide the question of whether the DuPage county seat should remain in Naperville or be moved to the more centrally located Wheaton, which was on the Galena and Chicago Union Railroad. Naperville won the election by a vote of 1,542 to 762. Hostility between the two towns continued for the next decade and another election was held in 1867, that Wheaton narrowly won by a vote of 1,686 to 1,635. At a cost of $20,000, the City of Wheaton quickly built a courthouse to house a courtroom, county offices and a county jail. The building was dedicated on July 4, 1868.
However, animosity between the two towns continued, and in 1868, as records were moved from the old Naperville courthouse to the new one in Wheaton, Naperville refused to turn over remaining county records, prompting a band of Civil War veterans from Wheaton to conduct what came to be known as the Midnight Raid on the Naperville courthouse. As Wheatonites fled back on Wheaton-Naperville Road, Napervillians were able to secure some last remaining records, which were taken to the Cook CountyRecorder in Chicago for safekeeping. During this time, Naperville was mounting a lawsuit against Wheaton accusing election judges of leaving their posts during the vote. As the courts deliberated the fate of the county seat, the records were destroyed in the Great Chicago Fire of 1871. Shortly thereafter, Wheaton was officially proclaimed the county seat.
As demand for space increased, the courthouse was rebuilt in 1887 at a cost of $69,390, modeled after the courthouse in Aledo. This structure was used for the next 94 years until the county’s rapid growth prompted the building of a brand new complex. The old courthouse is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and was formerly used by National–Louis University until National–Louis moved to Lisle in 2004. It is currently being developed into luxury condominiums.
On November 2, 1990, the courthouse moved to a building about two miles (3 km) west in a new 57-acre (230,000 m2) complex at the corner of County Farm Road and Manchester Road. It was built at a cost of $52,500,000 and includes a 300,000-square-foot (30,000 m2) judicial building. In 1992, the county sued the architect and contractor for $4 million after several employees became ill from the ventilation system. In the end, however, the county received only $120,000 for minor repairs and the jury sided with the defendants, finding that the alleged problems were caused, primarily, by the county’s negligent operation and maintenance of the ventilation system.
Wheaton has rapidly expanded since the 1950s, although population growth has slowed since the early 1990s, as the city has become increasingly landlocked. Downtown lost much business after the county courthouse facility moved two miles (3 km) west in 1990, but in the decade since, the downtown has seen a renaissance of sorts, with the creation of several significant condominium and business developments. One of the most recognizable landmarks of the city is Wheaton Center, a 758-unit apartment complex on 14 acres (57,000 m2) in downtown Wheaton. The six building complex includes two twenty-story high-rise buildings built in 1975.
Wheaton College is located not far from downtown Wheaton. Its campus features the Billy Graham Center, named for the college’s most famous alumnus, which contains a museum dedicated to both the history of American evangelism and the international ministry of Billy Graham. It features conceptual exhibits intended to convey Christian ideas.
Wheaton College also home to the Todd M. Beamer student center, which was dedicated on October 1, 2004 to honor the memory of Todd Beamer, American Hero from flight 93 and two other Wheaton alumni who died in the September 11th attacks.
The Daniel F. and Ada L. Rice Campus of the Illinois Institute of Technology is also located in Wheaton, and is home to the Center for Professional Development and offers technology-oriented education and training for working professionals.
If you are looking for a pawnshop near me or hear in Wheaton, give us a call at (630) 833-0800!
Sterling & Knight Jewelry & Pawn is proud to serve the residents of Wheaton, 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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