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“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Waterloo in Monroe County, Illinois — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)

James Moore Cabin

James Moore Cabin Marker image. Click for full size.
September 29, 2019
1. James Moore Cabin Marker
Inscription.  Captin James Moore was an officer of the Virginia Militia during the American Revolution. Under the command of Colonel George Rogers Clark, he took part in an expedition to Illinois in 1778. Captain Moore led his group by boat to Kaskaskia in 1782 and after considerable explorations, here became the first permanent American settlement in the state of Illinois and in the Northwest Territory, at a place of French called La Belle Fontaine, because of the beautiful spring that was here. This area became the founding settlement of the City of Waterloo.

Captain Moore's home was at Bellefontaine, on a section of land given him by the government for his service in the Revolutionary War. The settlers were not here long before the native Indians became hostile. Thus, Moore was elected captain of the company which was raised for the protection of the colony. At the time, Illinois was a County of Virginia and therefore, Captain Moore was directed by Patrick Henry, Governor of Virginia, to establish a military post and command the Illinois militia. A fort, or blockhouse, was accordingly built at Bellefontaine, which during the Indian War, was
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one of the most frequent and noted places of resort.

Also in this cabin, James Moore's sixth child (of eight total), Enoch Moore was born in 1783 - the first caucasian American child born in the state of Illinois. Enoch was a delegate to the convention that framed the first constitution of the state of Illinois. Five generations of Moore's called the homestead of Captain James Moore their home. many are buried in Moore's Cemetery, just south of here.

In 2015, Gabe Reeser re-chinked Moore's Cabin for his Eagle Scout Project. Chinking refers to a broad range of mortar or other infill materials used between the logs in the construction of log cabins and other log-walled structures. Gabe replaced all of the material between the original logs; thus, helping preserve the cabin so it will stand solid for many years to come. We thank him and the Boy Scouts organization for helping preserve the rich history of our great city!
Erected 2015.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Settlements & SettlersWar, US Revolutionary. A significant historical year for this entry is 1782.
Location. 38° 19.587′ N, 90° 9.048′ W. Marker is in Waterloo, Illinois, in Monroe County. Marker is on South Church Street, on the right when traveling south. on the grounds of the
James Moore Cabin and Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Thomas Smith, December 10, 2019
2. James Moore Cabin and Marker
Historical Museum. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 709 South Church Street, Waterloo IL 62298, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Bellefontaine House (within shouting distance of this marker); John Deere Two Bottom Plow - Model 49C (within shouting distance of this marker); La Belle Fontaine (within shouting distance of this marker); International Harvester Horse-Drawn Hay Tedder (within shouting distance of this marker); Sears Roebuck Handiman Jr. Walk-Behind Tractor (within shouting distance of this marker); Twin City Thresher (within shouting distance of this marker); The Bellefontaine Bridge (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Corn Stalk Cutter (about 600 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Waterloo.
More about this marker. Next to the Bellefontaine house and the stone arch bridge
Credits. This page was last revised on December 10, 2019. It was originally submitted on December 5, 2019. This page has been viewed 425 times since then and 15 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on December 5, 2019.   2. submitted on December 10, 2019, by Thomas Smith of Waterloo, Ill. • Devry Becker Jones was the editor who published this page.

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