Near Rossville in Vermilion County, Illinois — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
The Original Milestone 121
Vincennes to Chicago Road
— The Dixie Highway —
Erected by Barbara Standish Chapter NSDAR and the Rossville Historical Society.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Landmarks • Notable Places • Roads & Vehicles. In addition, it is included in the Daughters of the American Revolution series list.
Location. 40° 20.048′ N, 87° 39.719′ W. Marker is near Rossville, Illinois, in Vermilion County. Marker is on Illinois Route 1 north of Manns Chapel Road, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Rossville IL 60963, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 10 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. In Honor of Those Who Served (approx. 2.7 miles away); World War II War Memorial (approx. 3.1 miles away); Henning (Illinois) War Memorial (approx. 3.1 miles away); Potomac (Illinois) War Memorial Dedicated To The Fallen Heroes (approx. 8.9 miles away); In Honor of All Who Served (approx. 8.9 miles away); Dixie Highway (approx. 9 miles away); Everyday Heroes (approx. 9˝ miles away).
Regarding The Original Milestone 121. This milestone number 121 by its number - puts it 121 miles from Vincennes, Indiana as the road heads to Chicago.
There is rich History within the story of this road. Starting with buffalo following the "well worn Buffalo Path" from Minnesota to the Kentucky "salt licks."
It was slowly and painfully cleared - becoming the "Hubbard's Trace." In 1835 the Illinois General Assembly ordered the "Vincennes to Chicago Road" to be surveyed. After a colorful life and adventures James Clayman, "the most reliable voice of the Rocky Mountain fur trade," became the Deputy County Surveyor of Vermilion County, Illinois. He was contracted to survey the new road, and placed upon it a "Mile Marker" at every mile along it. He followed "Hubbard's Trace" much of the way.
With the era of the automobile, came the "Dixie Highway" following most of the "Vincennes to Chicago" route from Chicago within the State of Illinois.
There are a limited number of these old "mile markers"
Also see . . . Ridge Historical Society. A Chicago historical view of the importance of the ""Road"" to the their area. There are noted some "mile stones" in that area. (Submitted on September 21, 2008, by Al Wolf of Veedersburg, Indiana.)
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