The Highlands, from which the town name originates, was originally a sand ridge standing out above the rest of the region’s marshy and mostly submerged landscape back in 1848.  At that time settlers from Ohio began developing the area, turning it into a farming community, and eventually the Chicago and Atlantic railroad came through town bringing with it more agriculture and manufacturing opportunities.  Highland’s focus today remains providing economic opportunity to its citizens, educational opportunity for its children, and recreational opportunity through its extensive town parks and facilities.

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