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


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Photographed By Jason Voigt, August 10, 2020
1. Historical Marker
Inscription.  The monument, cannons and fountain are erected on this site of Old Fort Massac. Here on the twentieth of June, 1757, a fort called Fort Ascension, later known as Fort Massac, was completed by the French under Charles Phillippe Aubry. It was destroyed by the French themselves in 1764 before this territory passed into the hands of the British. On this same spot a second fort was completed by the United States on the thirty-first of March, 1794, and was occupied by a garrison until 1814, when it was finally abandoned. George Rogers Clark on his way to Kaskaskia entered the Illinois Country with his regiment at the mouth of Fort Massac Creek, one mile above the site of this fort, on the twenty-eighth of June, 1778. It was probably here that a flag representing the sovereignty of the United States was first unfolded in this state. At some unknown place between this site and the mouth of the Ohio River, Charles Juchereau de St. Denis built a trading post, and tannery in the Autumn of 1702, and to this first settlement of Europeans in the Ohio Valley, Father Jean Mermet came to preach to the Indians the Word of God. As a memorial to these and other
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great events for which Fort Massac may rightly stand as reminder and symbol, this park and monument have been dedicated by the people of Illinois to bring to the remembrance of their children and children's children forever the deeds of their predecessors who won for us and our posterity this noble heritage. Let us cherish their memory with pride and affection unto the remotest generations.
Erected 1908 by Trustees of Fort Massac.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Forts and CastlesParks & Recreational AreasWaterways & Vessels.
Location. 37° 8.674′ N, 88° 42.815′ W. Marker is in Metropolis, Illinois, in Massac County. Marker can be reached from East 5th Street (U.S. 45). Marker is at the entry way of Fort Massac State Park, coming from the entrance nearest to Big John's Supermarket. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1308 E 5th St, Metropolis IL 62960, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Illinois in the American Revolution (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); J.C. Blair (about 500 feet away); Four Flags Over Fort Massac (about 600 feet away); Lewis and Clark in Illinois (about 600 feet away); Drouillard Creek Drouillard Trail (about
Historical Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Jason Voigt, August 10, 2020
2. Historical Marker
Marker is at the left entry column as you're entering or leaving Fort Massac State Park (near Big John's Supermarket)
600 feet away); In Memory of George Rogers Clark (approx. 0.2 miles away); They Passed This Way (approx. 0.2 miles away); Hope Light (approx. 0.8 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Metropolis.
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Photographed By Jason Voigt, August 10, 2020
3. Trustees
This plaque is on the other entry column
Credits. This page was last revised on August 16, 2020. It was originally submitted on August 16, 2020, by Jason Voigt of Glen Carbon, Illinois. This page has been viewed 150 times since then and 34 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on August 16, 2020, by Jason Voigt of Glen Carbon, Illinois.

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May. 31, 2023