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Kaskaskia in Randolph County, Illinois — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Illinois in the American Revolution

 
 
Illinois in the American Revolution Marker image. Click for full size.
By Jason Voigt, December 12, 2019
1. Illinois in the American Revolution Marker
Inscription.  George Rogers Clark's capture of Kaskaskia in July, 1778, doomed British control of the Illinois country. The occupation of Kaskaskia was the first step in Clark's plan to capture the western headquarters of the British at Detroit. Under authorization from Virginia, Clark raised about 175 troops. They arrived near Kaskaskia during the night of July 4-5, after a grueling two-months' journey of more than one thousand miles. Most of the British had been withdrawn, and Kaskaskia fell without gunfire. Clark's victory and the capture of the other frontier posts opened the Illinois country to westward expansion.
 
Erected 1976 by Illinois Bicentennial Commission and The Illinois State Historical Society.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Illinois State Historical Society marker series.
 
Location. 37° 55.305′ N, 89° 54.875′ W. Marker is in Kaskaskia, Illinois, in Randolph County. Marker is at the intersection of 1st Street and Webster street, on the right when traveling south on 1st Street. Marker
Illinois in the American Revolution Marker image. Click for full size.
By Jason Voigt, December 12, 2019
2. Illinois in the American Revolution Marker
Kaskaskia Bell State Memorial site is in the background
is on Kaskaskia Island (only reachable from Missouri), between the Kaskaskia Bell Historic Site and the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 302 1st Street, Chester IL 62233, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 9 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The Liberty Bell of the West (a few steps from this marker); Lewis and Clark in Kaskaskia (a few steps from this marker); Lewis and Clark in Illinois (approx. 4 miles away); Popeye (approx. 4.6 miles away); Louis Bolduc House (approx. 8 miles away in Missouri); Sainte Genevieve (approx. 8.1 miles away in Missouri); Merchants Bank / Ste. Genevieve Savings Bank (approx. 8.1 miles away in Missouri); First Brick House West of Mississippi River (approx. 8.2 miles away in Missouri). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Kaskaskia.
 
More about this marker. This is the only marker from the Illinois State Historical Society (series) that is west of the Mississippi River.
 
Regarding Illinois in the American Revolution. Access to Kaskaskia Island is only in Missouri, from the town of St. Mary. Road signs will point towards the direction of the Kaskaskia Bell, which is five miles from the bridge that separates Illinois and Missouri. Because of the island being surrounded by two parts of the Mississippi River, it is vulnerable to flooding. It is best to check with local weather listings before accessing Kaskaskia.
 
Categories. War, US Revolutionary
 

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Credits. This page was last revised on December 27, 2019. This page originally submitted on December 12, 2019, by Jason Voigt of Glen Carbon, Illinois. This page has been viewed 33 times since then and 5 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on December 12, 2019, by Jason Voigt of Glen Carbon, Illinois. • Michael Herrick was the editor who published this page.
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