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Old Shawneetown in Gallatin County, Illinois — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

The Spirit of Shawneetown

Oldest Town in Illinois

 
 
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By Jason Voigt, August 11, 2020
1. The Spirit of Shawneetown Marker
Inscription.  Here we honor the spirit of the place called "Shawneetown." This proud spirit was born in the heart of the first stalwart Shawnee brave who saw in this beautiful river site, a homing place. It ignited in the first white settler 17 years before the city was surveyed and platted by the U.S. Government in 1810. It burned higher and higher through the years, until the tiny settlement grew into the most important city in Illinois. The historic visit of General Lafayette in 1825 signified the position of the city. The town still boasts of the application for a loan received from the then small City of Chicago. Due to a severe succession of floods, many of the proud people merely moved with their city to higher ground a few miles away, insuring the safety of its citizens while still maintaining the roots deep in the historic "Oldest Town In Illinois." In the summer of 1960, the Spirit of Shawneetown manifest itself in a gigantic sesquicentennial celebration. Each citizen freely gave of his mind, heart, and endless energy to commemorate our heritage, mementos of the grand parades, the spectacular exhibits, and the highly renowned pageant lie safely preserved
The Spirit of Shawneetown Marker image. Click for full size.
By Jason Voigt, August 11, 2020
2. The Spirit of Shawneetown Marker
Wide view, in a grassy field
here in the earth for those who follow us, all who stand upon this spot and think of these things have met the Spirit of Shawneetown.
 
Erected 1960.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Settlements & Settlers.
 
Location. 37° 41.774′ N, 88° 8.127′ W. Marker is in Old Shawneetown, Illinois, in Gallatin County. Marker is at the intersection of Main Street and Old Shawneetown Road, on the left when traveling north on Main Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 280 Washington St, Shawneetown IL 62984, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Lewis and Clark in Illinois (within shouting distance of this marker); Lewis & Clark Expedition (within shouting distance of this marker); Kaskaskia-Shawneetown and Goshen Trails (within shouting distance of this marker); Rawlings' Hotel (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); General Logan's Marriage (about 400 feet away); Marshall House (approx. 0.2 miles away); General Michael K. Lawler (approx. 3.1 miles away); James Harrison Wilson (approx. 3.1 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Old Shawneetown.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on August 13, 2020. It was originally submitted on August 13, 2020, by Jason Voigt of Glen Carbon, Illinois. This page has been viewed 53 times since then and 2 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on August 13, 2020, by Jason Voigt of Glen Carbon, Illinois.
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