Illinois' Sleepy Hollow has dibs on Ichabod Crane's headless horseman

And not that upstart Sleepy Hollow in New York

Sleepy Hollow, a far-western Chicago suburb along the Fox River, for decades has celebrated Halloween with the reappearance of Washington Irving's headless horseman, as described in his legendary short story, "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow."sleepy hollow

But, now a burg in New York--the actually of the story of Ichabod Crane's night-time encounter with the headless horseman--has renamed itself Sleepy Hollow as if it were more authentic.

Apparently, there's a friendly rivalry between the two locals, as described in this fun Wall Street Journal story, (with its witty headline), "Off the Top of Your Head, Where Is Sleepy Hollow? Horseman Materializes in Illinois, Far From Ichabod's Stamping Grounds"

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The headless horseman chases Ichabod Crance

The headless horseman chases Ichabod Crance

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