Thornton is a village in Cook County, located approximately 21 miles South of Chicago's loop. It is the home of the Thornton Quarry, one of the world's largest commercial stone quarries and is operated by Material Service Corporation. The village is the oldest settlement in Thornton Township, and was named after William F. Thornton, one of the commissioners of the Illinois and Michigan Canal. The first railroad (currently known as the Union Pacific) came to Thornton in 1869. Today, there is no longer passenger service in the village. Thornton prides itself on having a small town feel while being close to big city amenities.
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