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

Butterfield Trail

Butterfield Trail Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Tim Fillmon, May 15, 2016
1. Butterfield Trail Marker
Inscription.  For many years Butterfield Trail was one of the main routes from East Central Illinois to the Chicago area. In 1831 Ben Butterfield marked out the rail from Danville to Lockport where he had settled the previous year. The trail crossed Spring Creek two miles northeast of Buckley following an old Indian trail. It stayed west of the creek, continuing northward and passing this point. It avoided the Iroquois River and forded the Kankakee west of Bourbonnais thence it ran to Hickory Creek and the Des Plaines River. At a point near Joliet it forked, both forks leading to Chicago.
Erected 1971 by Gilman Lions Club and the Illinois State Historical Society.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Roads & VehiclesSettlements & Settlers. In addition, it is included in the Illinois State Historical Society series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1831.
Location. 40° 46.088′ N, 87° 55.342′ W. Marker is in Crescent City, Illinois, in Iroquois County. Marker is on U.S. 24 west of North 1100 East Road, on
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the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Crescent City IL 60928, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Credits. This page was last revised on January 16, 2021. It was originally submitted on January 16, 2021, by Tim Fillmon of Webster, Florida. This page has been viewed 451 times since then and 190 times this year. Photo   1. submitted on January 16, 2021, by Tim Fillmon of Webster, Florida.
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Sep. 22, 2023