Prairie du Rocher in Randolph County, Illinois — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
1889 - First Phantom Funeral Sighting Documented
It was a hot July fourth night in Prairie de Rocher, Mrs. Cris and her neighbor were sitting on the front porch around midnight when the two spotted an entourage coming from the old fort. It was apparently a funeral procession and though wagons and pairs of horsemen, followed by mourners on foot, stirred up clouds of dust, none of them made any sound at all. The only sound was the breeze rustling through the trees and the incessant barking of the Cris' family dog. The procession passed by and faded away in the darkness. The dog's bark woken the neighbor's husband, who upon visiting the next morning, verified the women's account.
1880 - Population of Prairie du Rocher is 1,185 (census).
1885 - St. Joseph's parish builds 2-story brick school.
Daimler patents first true motorcycle.
1887 - The Eiffel Tower construction begins in Paris.
1893 - A. L. Brands from Prairie du Rocher elected State Senator.
1895 - Marconi sends first radio signal.
1897 - Telephone service is extended to Prairie du Rocher.
Numerous stories abound as to what was the reason for this funeral and its reoccurrence. Most stories agree, and are set in 1765 at the fort, but then vary from that point. Most believe it was an altercation between two men, either officers or gentlemen, or both. Some believe there may have been a woman involved or discretion needed. One thing is for sure, if you speak with many witnesses, there are personal stories of their experiences to be heard. Perhaps you too, could be witness to this chilling tale.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Anthropology & Archaeology • Cemeteries & Burial Sites • Notable Events • Settlements & Settlers. A significant historical year for this entry is 1889.
Location. 38° 5.165′ N, 90° 5.859′ 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: 211 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. 1951 - Archaeological Dig Unearth Archaic Artifacts (here, next to this marker); 1763 - Treaty of Paris Affects Prairie du Rocher (a few steps from this marker); 1722 - Village of Prairie du Rocher is Formed (a few steps from this marker); 1765 - Living under British Rule (a few steps from this marker); Palmier's Hall & Cafe (within shouting distance of this marker); 1916 - Fort de Chartres Becomes a State Park (within shouting distance of this marker); 1902 - Railroad Granted Easement (within shouting distance of this marker); 1778 - Third Flag To Fly Over Prairie du Rocher (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Prairie du Rocher.
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