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Large single family home for rent in Ashton, Illinois featuring over 1800 sq ft of living space with 5 bedrooms/2 full bathrooms and a half bath on the main level.

Recently updated with new flooring, paint and more! Additional amenities include a 1 car garage, fenced back yard, covered front porch, stainless stove, refrigerator and dishwasher and a washer and dryer. Tenant is responsible for snow removal, lawn care. and utilities.

Pets are not allowed. Move-In costs:include first month's rent plus security deposit

A drive-by is deceiving – so contact Todd Burghardt For your private tour or complete a rental application today!

red star 5 Bedrooms/2.5 Bathrooms/1 Car Garage
red star Corner Lot - Great Location with Easy Access to Rte 38 and 39
red star Main Floor Bedroom
red star Large Laundry Room - Washer and Dryer Included
red star Updated Kitchen with Stainless Appliances and Pantry
red star Freshly Painted Throughout
red star Covered Front Porch
red star Off-Street Parking for 4 Cars
red star Large Fenced Yard








Community information

Ashton, Illinois

Population: 1,200
2000 Census

Ashton History - Facts and Figures

Early settlers passed the Ashton area by because timber was sparse, but in 1848 Erastus Anderson settled and summoned his family to join him. His brother, Timothy, and father, John, were among the areas first settlers.

It soon became apparent that the area had a resource just as valuable as timber—stone. By the mid-1850s, quarrying building stone played a key role in area development.

At the same time, traffic through the area was increased dramatically by the new line of the Galena & Chicago Union railroad. Many of the area’s early settlers were Irish immigrants who had worked on the construction of the rail line and left their jobs to remain. Many summoned friends and family from Ireland as well.

First incorporated as Ogle Station in 1865, Ashton was renamed by special act of the state legislature on March 5, 1867. The change is believed to have been brought about by confusion between Ogle Station and the railway station in Ogle County. The origins of the name, however, are less certain. Although records indicate that “Ashton” was a compromise name agreed upon largely to end a meeting that had run past midnight through continual balloting of various proposed names, there is no record as to who proposed the name or why.

The custom at the time was to name locations after early settlers or those who played significant roles in local business or government, but no early settler, railway official or government officer with a similar name is known.

Throughout the next few decades, the area continued to thrive, but that growth was interrupted on March 28, 1889 when a fire swept through the business district. Ashton had no fire protection district. Although fire departments from several surrounding towns responded and the Dixon fire protection district commandeered a special railway car and made the trip in 16 minutes, the fire could not be contained. The fire destroyed the flour mills, two saloons, two restaurants, two butcher shops, two furniture stores/undertaking parlors, the general store, the dry good store, the post office, the drug store, the barber shop, a livery stable, a book store, the offices of the Ashton Press, a general merchandise store and a hotel barn.

Although the railroad and the stone quarries brought settlers and commerce to the area, it is Ashton’s place on the now-historic Lincoln Highway that literally put the town on the map.

Ashton Time Line


Erastus Anderson is the first to settle in the area that is now Ashton. He is followed later that same year by his brother, Timothy, and their father, John.


The Galena & Chicago Union Railroad first runs through the area, opening it up to further settlement. Many of the area’s earliest settlers are Irish immigrants who worked on the construction of the rail lines and then left their jobs to remain in the area.


James Quick arrives in the area and constructs the earliest stone buildings in town, including the town’s first store.


Ashton’s first church (Methodist Episcopal) is constructed, with Erastus Anderson taking an active role in its construction.


The town is first incorporated — but as Ogle Station.


The town’s name is changed to Ashton by special act of the state legislature.


Ashton’s thriving stone quarries supply significant quantities of stone to help rebuild Chicago after much of the city is destroyed by fire.


Most of Ashton’s commercial district is destroyed by fire.


Ashton’s first motion picture theater, Little Gem Theater, opens in the Ashton Opera House.


The Ashton Fire Protection District is formed.


The first fire station in Ashton is built.

  1956: The current school district # 275 is formed. View information about the school district online at
Ashton, Illinois (official site)
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Local Information/Links
Ashton-Franklin Center School District #275:


Fire Department 815-453-7721
Police Department 815-453-2344
Ashton Township 815-453-7449
Lee County 815-284-5234
Post Office 815-453-2212
Mills & Petrie Memorial Library 815-453-2213
Lincoln Highway Heritage Festival
Rochelle Tourism and Visitors Association