McHENRY – The newest improvement to McHenry County’s snowmobiling trails is named for the man who started it all.
Albert “Alby” Adams, always recognizable in his signature cowboy hat, started the first local snowmobile association, served as its first president and worked out agreements with area farmers for snowmobilers to ride across their land.
About 45 years later, some 200 miles crisscross the county from Harvard in the west to Fox Lake and Wauconda in the east.
One of the yearly improvements to the trail is a 30-foot bridge connecting McHenry Township Park to Ringwood, said Craig Adams, a member of the McHenry County Snowmobile Association.
He is not related to Albert Adams.
The bridge, built with private club funds and a lot of volunteer labor, was dedicated and named for Albert Adams last weekend, Craig Adams said.
It addresses a problem spot where the ground dips and sometimes floods. Last year, snowmobiles became stuck when the water didn’t freeze, he said.
The clubs that make up the McHenry County Snowmobile Association also rebuilt two other bridges, one in Glacier Park and another in Johnsburg.
Albert Adams, now an 85-year-old McHenry resident, is a former McHenry Township supervisor and is credited with obtaining state funding to build a snowmobile warming shelter in McHenry Township Park. It, too, is named for him.
The shelter also is used by sledders.
Albert Adams currently is president of the McHenry Sno-Birds Snowmobile Club, which he started around 1970.
“He’s always been very involved in the McHenry community and has done a lot of for a lot of people in the community, not just for snowmobiling but when he was supervisor,” Craig Adams said. “He’s well-respected in the McHenry community.”