Algonquin was the site of Indian burial mounds known in the 1800’s as the Algonquin Mounds. In 1834, Samuel Gillian was the first settler of Algonquin. From 1906 – 1913, the Algonquin Hill Climbs was an event to see if an automobile was able to make it up a series of steep hills in the village; it would get the stamp of approval. Because of this event, the Algonquin Cup was formed that received national recognition at the time. This village is known as “The Gem of the Fox River Valley”.