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Niles

Niles. 1 Village (1990 pop. 28,284), Cook co., NE Ill., a residential suburb adjacent to Chicago, on the Chicago River settled 1832, inc. 1899. The village has a replica (half size) of the Leaning Tower of Pisa.

2 City (1990 pop. 12,458), Berrien co., SW Mich., on the St. Joseph River inc. 1829. Manufactures include paper and metal products, transportation equipment, and machinery. It was the site of a Jesuit Mission (1690) and of Fort St. Joseph, built by the French (1697). The fort fell to the British (1761), to the Native Americans ( Pontiac's Rebellion , 1763), and to the Spanish and Native Americans (1780, 1781). Permanent settlement began in 1827, and as a station on the stagecoach route between Detroit and Chicago, Niles grew as a commercial and industrial center. A botanic garden is in the city, and Ring Lardner was born there.

3 City (1990 pop. 21,128), Trumbull co., NE Ohio, on the Mahoning River settled 1806, inc. as a city 1895. It produces steel, building materials, and lathes. There is a memorial to President William McKinley , who was born in Niles.

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