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Near Prairie du Rocher in Randolph County, Illinois — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Modoc Rock Shelter

 
 
Modoc Rock Shelter Marker image. Click for full size.
By Jason Voigt, November 30, 2020
1. Modoc Rock Shelter Marker
Inscription.  As early as 8000 B.C. prehistoric Indians were camping in the shelter of this great sandstone bluff. These nomadic people, who lived by hunting animals and gathering plants for food and fibers, came here regularly for more than 6000 years. Later Indian groups, who began to settle in villages, used the rock shelter occasionally when hunting. The pioneers and their descendants continued to make use of the shelter in historic times
 
Erected 1972 by Illinois State Museum and the Illinois State Historical Society.
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Native AmericansSettlements & Settlers. In addition, it is included in the Illinois State Historical Society series list.
 
Location. 38° 3.763′ N, 90° 3.841′ W. Marker is near Prairie du Rocher, Illinois, in Randolph County. Marker is on Bluff Road (County Route 7) east of Roscow Hollow Road, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 6908 Bluff Rd, Prairie du Rocher IL 62277, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured
Modoc Rock Shelter Marker image. Click for full size.
By Jason Voigt, November 30, 2020
2. Modoc Rock Shelter Marker
Marker is with others at the base of a huge bluff.
as the crow flies. A different marker also named Modoc Rock Shelter (here, next to this marker); a different marker also named Modoc Rock Shelter (here, next to this marker); The Creole House (approx. 2.4 miles away); German World War I Howitzer (approx. 2˝ miles away); German World War I Field Gun (approx. 2˝ miles away); The Calvary (approx. 3.1 miles away); Pierre Laclede at Chartres (approx. 4˝ miles away); Ste. Anne's Church (approx. 4.9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Prairie du Rocher.
 
Also see . . .  Modoc Rock Shelter on Wikipedia. The site, which was named to the National Historic Landmarks in 1961, was discovered in 1951 by amateur archaeologist Irvin Peithmann. (Submitted on November 30, 2020, by Jason Voigt of Glen Carbon, Illinois.) 
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on November 30, 2020. It was originally submitted on November 30, 2020, by Jason Voigt of Glen Carbon, Illinois. This page has been viewed 54 times since then and 9 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on November 30, 2020, by Jason Voigt of Glen Carbon, Illinois.
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