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Near Aladdin in Pike County, Illinois — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Illinois

 
 
Illinois Marker image. Click for full size.
By Emily Pursley, July 14, 2019
1. Illinois Marker
Inscription.  The fertile prairies in Illinois attracted the attention of French trader Louis Jolliet and Father Jacques Marquette as they explored the Mississippi and Illinois Rivers in 1673. France claimed this region until 1763 when it was surrendered to Great Britain by the Treaty of Paris. During the American Revolution, George Rogers Clark and his small army scored a bloodless victory when they captured Kaskaskia for the Commonwealth of Virginia, and Illinois became a county of Virginia. This area was ceded to the United States in 1784, and became in turn a part of the Northwest Territory and the Indiana and Illinois Territories. On December 3, 1818, Illinois entered the Union as the twenty-first state.

The Markers that designate U.S. Highway 36 in Illinois as the 33d Division Memorial Highway were dedicated on Memorial Day, 1963. The 33d Division was organized in August, 1917, from National Guard units of the State of Illinois. It became famous in the Meuse-Argonne Offensive and by November 11, 1918 was poised for a break through the Hindenburg Line. In World War II the division fought in the Pacific area and liberated Baguio, the summer capital

Illinois Marker and rest area image. Click for full size.
By Emily Pursley, July 14, 2019
2. Illinois Marker and rest area
of the Philippines.

U.S. 36 passes through Pittsfield, where John Nicolay and John Hay, President Abraham Lincoln’s private secretaries, formed their friendship. Stephen A. Douglas studied law and taught in Winchester, and held his first elective office in Jacksonville. Lincoln’s home, tomb, and the Old State Capitol are in Springfield, and a courthouse where Lincoln practiced is in Mt. Pulaski.
 
Erected 1978 by Illinois Department of Transportation and the Illinois State Historical Society.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Illinois State Historical Society marker series.
 
Location. 39° 42.94′ N, 91° 19.052′ W. Marker is near Aladdin, Illinois, in Pike County. Marker is on Highway 106, on the right when traveling east. There is a small rest area with picnic benches and trees. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Hull IL 62343, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Abner Nash Building (approx. 2.1 miles away in Missouri); New Cash Store (approx. 2.1 miles away in Missouri); Joshua Mitchell Building (approx. 2.1 miles away in Missouri); Henry Collins Building (approx. 2.1 miles away in Missouri); Grant's Drug Store

Illinois Marker and rest area image. Click for full size.
By Emily Pursley, July 14, 2019
3. Illinois Marker and rest area
(approx. 2.1 miles away in Missouri); Mark Twain (approx. 2.1 miles away in Missouri); Tom Sawyer’s Fence (approx. 2.1 miles away in Missouri); Mark Twain's Father's Law Office (approx. 2.2 miles away in Missouri).
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on July 16, 2019. This page originally submitted on July 15, 2019, by Emily Pursley of Pittsfield, Illinois. This page has been viewed 88 times since then. Photos:   1. submitted on July 16, 2019, by Emily Pursley of Pittsfield, Illinois.   2, 3. submitted on July 15, 2019, by Emily Pursley of Pittsfield, Illinois. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.
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