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The city of DeKalb, Illinois, on the south branch of the Kishwaukee River, was founded as Buena Vista in 1837. It was later renamed Huntley’s Grove in honor of the city’s founder Russell Huntley, and finally named DeKalb in the 1850s after General Johann Kalb, also known by the name of Baron de Kalb, an American Revolutionary hero. It is located in DeKalb County.

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