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

The Edwards Trace

The Edwards Trace Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Jason Voigt, September 26, 2020
1. The Edwards Trace Marker
Inscription.  An important trail in the history of Illinois ran atop this ridge. Called the Edwards Trace, an early word for trail, its use reaches back to antiquity when herds of bison and other large mammals traveled along its path. For millennia, prehistoric people utilized the trail for seasonal migrations, trading, hunting, and waging war. As early as 1711, French priests and trappers began traveling along its path. This overland route offered an alternative to the waterways.

From Kaskaskia in the south, the trace passed up through Cahokia and the Edwardsville area and by this point on its way to the Illinois River near present-day Peoria. During the War of 1812, Territorial Governor Ninian Edwards, who later became the state's third governor, led a contingent of 350 rangers to Peoria along its pathway for action against the Kickapoo. As a result, it became known as the Edwards Trace.

For early Illinois inhabitants, this was the main land route between southern Illinois and points north. Along its course came many of the pioneers who settled the Sangamon Valley. After Illinois became a state in 1818, this road carried heavy traffic
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north and south, including a variety of goods and commodities. As a result a depressed path developed, a remnant of which can be seen 25 yards west of this marker.
Erected 2002 by City of Springfield, Sangamon County Historical Society, the Walgreen Company, and The Illinois State Historical Society.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Native AmericansRoads & VehiclesWar of 1812. In addition, it is included in the Illinois State Historical Society series list.
Location. 39° 43.803′ N, 89° 34.849′ W. Marker is in Springfield, Illinois, in Sangamon County. Marker is on East Lake Shore Drive north of Zoo Trail, on the left when traveling north. Marker is located at Lake Park. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1000 E Lake Shore Dr, Springfield IL 62712, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 6 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Lincoln Memorial Garden (approx. 2.4 miles away); Garden Club Volunteers (approx. 2.4 miles away); Lincoln's Landscape (approx. 2.4 miles away); The Architect and the Founder (approx. 2˝ miles away); Springfield, Illinois (approx. 4.2 miles away); Historic Route 66 Illinois (approx. 4.2 miles away); Cozy Dog Drive In, Springfield, Illinois
The Edwards Trace Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Jason Voigt, September 26, 2020
2. The Edwards Trace Marker
Marker is in front of Lake Park, which is located off of Lake Springfield (seen in the background)
(approx. 4.2 miles away); Springfield Home for the Friendless / Family Service Center (approx. 5.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Springfield.
Also see . . .  Edwards Trace on Wikipedia. More history on the overland trail. Sections of Interstates 55 and 155 mostly parallel former parts of it. (Submitted on September 26, 2020, by Jason Voigt of Glen Carbon, Illinois.) 
Credits. This page was last revised on September 26, 2020. It was originally submitted on September 26, 2020, by Jason Voigt of Glen Carbon, Illinois. This page has been viewed 362 times since then and 109 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on September 26, 2020, by Jason Voigt of Glen Carbon, Illinois.

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