When the Hough family settled nearby and purchased land from the government for $1.25 an acre, Roselle became a farming center, but had no transportation other than roads. Rosell Hough, having become the president of the Chicago and Pacific Railroad, returned home with big plans. He had opened the Illinois Linen Company on what is now Roselle Road, but needed a way to transport his wares. He reportedly paid $10,000 to alter the plans for the new rail line and have a station placed in Roselle. A misprint in the station maps changed the name of the town to Roselle from Rosell.
Paths and Trails
The paths and trails of Roselle are worth exploring, with more than 10 different trails to use for walking, running, and biking for exercise. Each of these trails is highlighted in the Linking Neighbors handout that details all of the recreational trails. Several of these trails link areas such as Busse Woods, Mallard Lake Forest Preserve, the Fox River Trail, the Illinois Prairie Path, and the Meacham Grove Forest Preserve with Roselle. Some of these paths are located on-street, while most are off-road. The larger off-road trails are all in the south end of Roselle, while the sidewalk paths are located near the village center.