Metropolis in Massac County, Illinois — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
Four Flags Over Fort Massac
1500's Spanish Ownership
1702 French trading post and mission
1757 French fortification to block British expansion into Mississippi River, named Fort Massac
1764 French abandoned fort to British
1778 George Rogers Clark stopped here on his way to Kaskaskia
1794 George Washington ordered fort rebuilt and garrisoned
1908 Site designated first Illinois State Park
Erected 1990 by Illinois State Organization & the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Forts and Castles • Parks & Recreational Areas • War, French and Indian. In addition, it is included in the Daughters of the American Revolution series list.
Location. 37° 8.619′ N, 88° 42.723′ W. Marker is in Metropolis, Illinois, in Massac County. Marker can be reached from 7th Street east of U.S. 45. Marker is located at Fort Massac State Park. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1308 5th Street, Metropolis IL 62960, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other J.C. Blair (a few steps from this marker); Illinois in the American Revolution (within shouting distance of this marker); They Passed This Way (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); In Memory of George Rogers Clark (about 500 feet away); Lewis and Clark in Illinois (about 600 feet away); Historical (about 600 feet away); Drouillard Creek Drouillard Trail (about 600 feet away); Hope Light (approx. 0.9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Metropolis.
More about this marker. There is also a section on the marker in Braille.
Also see . . .
1. Fort Massac on Wikipedia. More information about the first state park in Illinois. (Submitted on August 16, 2020, by Jason Voigt of Glen Carbon, Illinois.)
2. Fort Massac State Park. From Illinois' Department of Natural Resources, this is information about the park including reservations, camping, historical parts, etc. (Submitted on August 16, 2020, by Jason Voigt of Glen Carbon, Illinois.)
Credits. This page was last revised on August 16, 2020. It was originally submitted on August 15, 2020, by Jason Voigt of Glen Carbon, Illinois. This page has been viewed 53 times since then and 6 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on August 16, 2020, by Jason Voigt of Glen Carbon, Illinois.