Near Ellis Grove in Randolph County, Illinois — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
Site of Fort Kaskaskia
This unfinished fort played no role in the French and Indian War (1754-1763), which ended with the transfer of the Illinois Country from France to Great Britain.
A British officer visiting here in 1766 wrote of two "dilapidated buildings and collapsed wooden gun platforms," and reported "the Ditch, Parapet, and Ramparts entirely overgrown with Bushes." The British ignored within the village of Kaskaskia.
Kaskaskia passed to the
We are not certain of Fort Kaskaskia's appearance. This artist's conception showing the fort under construction is based upon archeology and descriptions written in 1766.
Erected by Illinois Historic Preservation Agency's Historic Sites Division.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Forts and Castles • War of 1812 • War, French and Indian.
Location. 37° 57.865′ N, 89° 54.394′ W. Marker is near Ellis Grove, Illinois, in Randolph County. Marker is on Park Road west of Shawneetown Trail (County Route 3), on the right when traveling east. Marker is located at Fort Kaskaskia State Historic Site. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 4372 Park Rd, Ellis Grove IL 62241, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Looking For a Few Good Men (within shouting distance of this marker); The Home of Pierre Menard (approx. 0.2 miles away); a different marker also named Home of Pierre Menard (approx. ¼ mile away); Garrison Hill Cemetery (approx. ¼ mile away); Beaver Island (approx. 0.4 miles away); Dedicated in Memory of George Rogers Clark (approx. 0.4 miles away); Kaskaskia Village (approx. 0.4 miles away); Fort Kaskaskia Shelter (approx. 0.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Ellis Grove.
Credits. This page was last revised on December 31, 2020. It was originally submitted on December 31, 2020, by Jason Voigt of Glen Carbon, Illinois. This page has been viewed 39 times since then and 5 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on December 31, 2020, by Jason Voigt of Glen Carbon, Illinois.