“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”

Near Hamilton in Hancock County, Illinois — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)

Welcome to Illinois

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By Bill Kirchner, April 19, 2012
1. Welcome to Illinois Marker
Inscription.  In 1673 the areas of the Mississippi and Illinois Rivers were explored by Frenchmen Louis Joliet and Father Jacques Marquette. Their voyages resulted in French claims on the area until 1763 when, by the Treaty of Paris, France ceded the land to Great Britain. During the Revolution the Illinois Territory was won for the Commonwealth of Virginia by George Rogers Clark and his army. In 1784 it became part of the Northwest Territory and on December 3, 1818 Illinois entered the Union as the twenty-first state.

U.S. Route 136 enters Illinois at Hamilton, north of Warsaw, the site of Fort Edwards erected during the War of 1812 to counter British influence at Rock Island. It proceeds east through Carthage where, in 1844, the jailed Mormon leader Joseph Smith was killed defending himself from an angry mob. The highway crosses the Illinois River at Havana and runs east passing north of Lincoln, Illinois, the site of the reconstructed Postville Court House where Abraham Lincoln practiced law. Route 136 passes south of Funks Grove named for Isaac Funk one of a group of farmers who raised large herds of cattle for shipment to eastern markets.

Welcome to Illinois Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, April 19, 2012
2. Welcome to Illinois Marker
136 exits Illinois northeast of Danville, home of Joseph “Uncle Joe” Cannon the powerful speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives. Along its approximate 235 mile length Route 136 passes through eight of Illinois' 102 counties and three of its county seats.
Erected 1988 by Illinois Department of Transportation and the Illinois State Historical Society.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: ExplorationSettlements & Settlers. In addition, it is included in the Illinois State Historical Society series list.
Location. 40° 23.812′ N, 91° 21.101′ W. Marker is near Hamilton, Illinois, in Hancock County. Marker is at the intersection of Keokuk Street (U.S. 136) and Illinois Route 96, on the left when traveling east on Keokuk Street. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Hamilton IL 62341, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 11 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The Estes House (approx. 1.7 miles away in Iowa); First Permanent Jewish House of Worship in Iowa (approx. 1.7 miles away in Iowa); National Association for Music Education (approx. 1.7 miles away in Iowa); Thy Wondrous Story, Illinois (approx. 3.8 miles away); The First Fort Des Moines
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(approx. 9.9 miles away in Iowa); Here Began the Dragoon Trail (approx. 9.9 miles away in Iowa); Nauvoo, Illinois (approx. 10 miles away); Nauvoo House (approx. 10.1 miles away).
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on May 16, 2012, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. This page has been viewed 465 times since then and 24 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on May 16, 2012, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.
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