Both villages have about the same population and occupy approximately the same amount of land. Both are governed by a mayor and a board of trustees. And just for fun, Lindenhurst, NY is the birthplace of singer Pat Benatar and 50's game show host Jack Barry. Alas, Lindenhurst, IL has no favorite celebrity sons or daughters.
However, as I investigated further, I began to discover some not-so-fun things about our New York cousin. While Lindenhurst, IL (LIL) was incorporated from a farm in 1956 by gentile farmy folk, Lindenhurst, New York (LNY) was founded by descendants of fierce Germanic tribes from Silesia in 1873. Originally named Breslau, the name was changed to the more innocuous Lindenhurst in 1891.
As Arte Johnston of Laugh-In fame would say:
I dug further and found that Nazi sympathizers of the German Bund were centralized in Breslau Lindenhurst in the early part of the 20th century. In the 1930's many LNY residents were tried and convicted for treason. And in 1937, up to 40,000 bundists would blow into town on any given Sunday to celebrate Nazism in America, greeted by young Siegfrieders lined up to meet them at the train station.
Just In Case You Wondered What A Siegfrieder Was
Hmmm ... I looked at some pictures from the website ...
Parks Department Employees
Wehrmacht Welcome Wagon Members
Village Mayor and Trustees
And then to top it off, I found this headline ... ripped from the local Topix page:
Village of Lindenhurst is Corrupt
Oh my ... the things you learn on an innocent data search on a Sunday morning.
Postcript: Just in case any of you litigious leaning Lindenhurst, NY residents read this ... I'm just kidding! I'm sure you have a wonderful little community! Except, what's up with those two middle pictures which are actually on the village website? I mean, really?