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

1902 - Railroad Granted Easement

 
 
1902 - Railroad Granted Easement Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Thomas Smith, September 10, 2022
1. 1902 - Railroad Granted Easement Marker
Inscription.  
In 1902, Iron Mountain Railroad laid a single track through Prairie du Rocher which provided passenger service to St. Louis daily. Far from backwards, Prairie du Rocher was as modern and up-to-date as other larger communities, and the passenger train would connect the village to outside goods and travel, and open an avenue for visitors to come and appreciate the rich French, and by now, diverse culture of the village.

Historical Relevance
1903 - Harley Davidson was founded.
1904 - World's Fair held in St. Louis.
1905 - Prairie du Rocher Democrat newspaper began publication.
1906 - State Bank of Prairie du Rocher established.
W.H. Conner house built on Main St.” changes the traffic flow of Prairie du Rocher permanently.
1909 - N.A.A.C.P. formed.
1911 - First automobile is driven in Prairie du Rocher.
1913 - State of Illinois takes ownership of Fort de Chartres.
Constance Conner becomes Prairie du Rocher's first female voter.
1914 - World War 1 begins.
First water plant built for Prairie du Rocher.
1916
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First electrical plant in operation in village.

The railroad easement required a modification in the old road The King's Highway from Fort de Chartres as it cut off passage from the cemetery to the bluff road. Through the years, the railroad has increased its use of the casement with now two tracks being used heavily to move freight out of St Louis to the south It has been commented on by visitors to this village:
⚜️ "They move the world through Prairie Du Rocher" ⚜️

 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Industry & CommerceRailroads & Streetcars. A significant historical year for this entry is 1902.
 
Location. 38° 5.152′ N, 90° 5.852′ W. Marker is in Prairie du Rocher, Illinois, in Randolph County. Marker is at the intersection of Market Street and Court Street, on the right when traveling north on Market Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 215 Market St, Prairie du Rocher IL 62277, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. 1916 - Fort de Chartres Becomes a State Park (here, next to this marker); 1765 - Living under British Rule (a few steps from this marker); 1864 U.S. Civil War Skirmish in Prairie du Rocher (a few steps from this marker); 1993 - Prairie du Rocher Spared (a few steps from this
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marker); Conner's Store (within shouting distance of this marker); 1889 - First Phantom Funeral Sighting Documented (within shouting distance of this marker); Lee- Brickey Mansion Destroyed (within shouting distance of this marker); 1951 - Archaeological Dig Unearth Archaic Artifacts (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Prairie du Rocher.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on September 23, 2022. It was originally submitted on September 13, 2022, by Thomas Smith of Waterloo, Ill. This page has been viewed 106 times since then and 32 times this year. Photo   1. submitted on September 13, 2022, by Thomas Smith of Waterloo, Ill. • Devry Becker Jones was the editor who published this page.

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