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

Chester, Randolph County, Illinois

Lewis & Clark Expedition

 

— 1803-1806 —

 
Chester, Randolph County, Illinois Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Jason Voigt, January 27, 2017
1. Chester, Randolph County, Illinois Marker
Inscription.  
The town of Chester, Illinois, sprawls on the eastern bluffs overlooking the November 27, 1803, Horse Island campsite of Captain Lewis and William Clark on the west bank of the Mississippi River near its confluence with the Kaskaskia River. The Corps of Discovery Expedition crew knew that six miles ahead were the Garrison of Kaskaskia, more recruits, and supplies.

Clark noted in his journal November 28th, 1803, "passed the mouth said River (Kaskaskies) at half passed 8 o'clock - the high lands make near the Mississippi below the mouth of said River, a bold and rocky shore." Future travelers found the high lands near the water highways a comfortable place to settle.

Chester became the County Seat of Randolph County, Illinois, in the 1844 election and hosts the eastern side of The Chester Bridge (Route 51) over the Mississippi River. The bridge bisects Horse Island and is the only bridge crossing the Mississippi River between Cape Girardeau and East St. Louis. It replaced the ferries that transported the families following the Trail of Lewis and Clark to the West. Many stayed in Chester prospering with the advent of
Chester, Randolph County, Illinois Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Jason Voigt, January 27, 2017
2. Chester, Randolph County, Illinois Marker
In front of Chester Welcome Center
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the castor oil press in the first general store, the Cole Milling Company, the International Shoe Company, Prim Hosiery Mill, Gilster-Mary Lee Company, Menard Correctional Center, and its statue of Popeye that is a tribute to Chester's native son, Elzie Segar, a world renowned cartoonist.
 
Erected 2003 by The Illinois Lewis and Clark Bicentennial Commission.
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Arts, Letters, MusicBridges & ViaductsCommunicationsExplorationIndustry & CommerceSettlements & SettlersWaterways & Vessels. In addition, it is included in the Lewis & Clark Expedition series list. A significant historical date for this entry is November 28, 1803.
 
Location. 37° 54.3′ N, 89° 50.043′ W. Marker is in Chester, Illinois, in Randolph County. Marker is at the intersection of Bridge Bypass Road (Illinois Route 150) and Kaskaskia Street, on the right when traveling north on Bridge Bypass Road. Marker is located at the Chester Welcome Center in Elzie C. Segar Memorial Park. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 10 Truck Bypass, Chester IL 62233, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Lewis and Clark in Illinois (a few steps from this marker); Popeye (a few steps from this marker); The Chester Bridge (a few
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steps from this marker); Flood of 1993 (a few steps from this marker); Weistar House (approx. 0.3 miles away); Statehood of Illinois (approx. 0.3 miles away); Ham Gravy (approx. 0.3 miles away); Toar (approx. 0.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Chester.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on September 9, 2020. It was originally submitted on January 24, 2020, by Jason Voigt of Glen Carbon, Illinois. This page has been viewed 146 times since then and 36 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on January 24, 2020, by Jason Voigt of Glen Carbon, Illinois. • Devry Becker Jones was the editor who published this page.

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