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327 DuPage
John Murphy House, c. 1870
 327 DuPage John Murphy House
Photo Courtesy of the Gifford Park Association
Background
This residence, built in the mansard style, was the home of Alderman John Murphy. He was best known for the way he sped around town in his car, the "Red Devil," while at the same time, voting in favor of the city's first motor vehicle regulations, among them, speeding.

Innovation
Sometime between 1911 and 1914, John Murphy developed the prototype for the first successful motorized street sweeper. It was later manufactured by the Elgin Sweeper Company.

Gifford Park Association
If you would like additional information about this or other historic homes in the Elgin Historic District, please contact the Gifford Park Association;
P.O. Box 928
Elgin, IL 60121

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