A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

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Entry from August 09, 2016
Garden City (Chicago nickname)

Chicago, Illinois has used the Latin motto “Urbs in Horto” (city in a garden) since 1837. There weren’t many gardens and there wasn’t much city, but Chicago had aspirations.

“Garden City” soon became Chicago’s nickname. “The garden city, ‘urbs in horto,’ where I have the honor to reside” was cited in 1843. “Windy City” replaced ‘Garden City” as the popular Chicago nickname by the end of the 1800s.


Wikipedia: Chicago
Chicago (/ʃᵻˈkɑːɡoʊ/ or /ʃᵻˈkɔːɡoʊ/; shi-kah-goh) is the third most populous city in the United States. With over 2.7 million residents, it is the most populous city in the state of Illinois and the Midwestern United States, and the county seat of Cook County. The Chicago metropolitan area, often referred to as Chicagoland, has nearly 10 million people and is the third-largest in the U.S.

Wikipedia: List of nicknames for Chicago
“City in a Garden” – English translation of the Latin motto on the city seal: “Urbs in Horto”

Encyclopedia of Chicago (online)
Park Districts
When Chicago officially incorporated as a city in 1837, it adopted the motto “Urbs in Horto,” a Latin phrase meaning “City in a Garden.” Despite this verdant slogan, the city had few public parks

(Oxford English Dictionary)
garden city n.  (a) a name given to Chicago and certain other cities (freq. with capital initials); (b) a town of limited size, surrounded by a wide rural or agricultural belt, and planned so as to combine the advantages of town and country.
1848 Gem of Prairie (Chicago) 25 Nov. 3/3 My rambles round the Garden city.

23 January 1843, The Daily Globe (Washington, DC), pg. 1, col. 7:
...—the garden city, “urbs in horto,” where I have the honor to reside—...

Chronicling America
20 June 1845, The Ottawa Free Trader Extra (Ottawa, IL), pg. 3, col. 4:
...—the garden city, “urbs in horto,” where I have the honor to reside—...

10 March 1848, Daily Sentinel and Gazette (Milwaukee, WI), pg. 2, col. 2:
GALENA AND CHICAGO RAIL ROAD.—We learn from the Chicago Journal that the contracts for grading and bridging the first 31 miles of the Rail Road from the “Garden City” to Galena, were let last Monday.

April 1848, The Commercial Review of the South and West, “Commerce and Prosperity of Western Cities,” pg. 372:
A small beginning, it must be confessed for the Garden City (Chicago—ed.), but it was fifteen years ago.

OCLC WorldCat record
Garden city polka ...
Author: C Plagge
Publisher: Chicago, Ill., B.K. Mould, ©1853.
Edition/Format: Musical score : English

OCLC WorldCat rrecord
Articles of incorporation and by-laws of the Garden City Mining Company of Chicago, Illinois [incorporated under the general mining laws of the State of Michigan] : together with the reports of Samuel W. Hill and Charles Whittlesey, United States geologists, and the report of the board of directors, with a map of the locations and working plans of the mines.
Author: S W Hill; Charles Whittlesey; Garden City Mining Company.
Publisher: Chicago : S.P. Rounds, 1856.
Edition/Format: Print book : English

OCLC WorldCat record
The Garden City bouquet.
Author: Clark & Hatfield,
Publisher: Chicago [Ill.] : Clark & Hatfield, 1866-1867.
Edition/Format: Journal, magazine : English

OCLC WorldCat record
Old and new Chicago : pen and pencil sketches of the garden city
Author: James Maitland
Publisher: Chicago : Hackney & Lane, 1879.
Edition/Format: Print book : English

OCLC WorldCat record
Bygone days in Chicago; recollections of the “Garden city” of the sixties,
Author: Frederick F Cook
Publisher: Chicago, A.C. McClurg & Co., 1910.
Edition/Format: Print book : English

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