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Near Lanark in Carroll County, Illinois — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

A Stone Arch Bridge on the Galena Road

 
 
A Stone Arch Bridge on the Galena Road Marker image. Click for full size.
By David Seibert, May 28, 2012
1. A Stone Arch Bridge on the Galena Road Marker
Inscription.  The Stone Arch Bridge that stands to the east of the present highway was on the Galena Road, once the most important trail in northern Illinois. Along this route innumerable people streamed northward to the lead mines near Galena every spring and many returned southward in the fall. The movement was likened to that of the fish called Sucker, from which the State received its nickname.

This portion of the road from Dixon was surveyed in 1830 as the road from Woodbine Springs to Ogee's Ferry (later Dixon's Ferry, now Dixon), replacing the longer 1825 Kellogg's Trail and the 1826 Boles’ Trail. Roads from Peoria and Chicago joined at Dixon and continued as one to Galena. Mail and stagecoach lines traveled the Peoria-Galena route as early as 1830 and the Chicago-Galena route by 1834. Here the road intersected the earlier Gratiot’s Trail, which also ran from Dixon to Galena but extended farther north to avoid the rough terrain.

During the Black Hawk War in 1832 militia and regular army troops marched on both trails. Abraham Lincoln, as a private in the company of Captain Elijah Iles, camped overnight near here, June 8 and 12.
A Stone Arch Bridge on the Galena Road Marker image. Click for full size.
By David Seibert, May 28, 2012
2. A Stone Arch Bridge on the Galena Road Marker
US Highway 52 is in the background.
As a private in the independent spy company of Jacob M. Early, Lincoln made a forced march to Kellogg’s Grove (near Kent), arriving there June 26, the day after the last battle fought in Illinois during that war.

Isaac Chambers, who was not only the first settler of Ogle County at Buffalo Grove near Polo but also of Lima Township here in Carroll County, operated a stagecoach inn nearby and a sawmill on Elkhorn Creek two miles to the southeast.
 
Erected 1968 by Illinois Department of Transportation and the Illinois State Historical Society.
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Bridges & ViaductsRoads & VehiclesWars, US Indian. In addition, it is included in the Illinois State Historical Society series list.
 
Location. 42° 3.895′ N, 89° 42.115′ W. Marker is near Lanark, Illinois, in Carroll County. Marker is on Chambers Road (U.S. 52) 0.2 miles south of Willow Road, on the left when traveling north. The marker is in a rest area just off the highway. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Lanark IL 61046, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 4 other markers are within 16 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Site of Eagle Point Gang Plow Factory (approx. 5 miles away); Lincoln in Polo
A Stone Arch Bridge on the Galena Road Marker image. Click for full size.
By David Seibert, May 28, 2012
3. A Stone Arch Bridge on the Galena Road Marker
Looking southeast toward the site of the stone arch bridge
(approx. 8.3 miles away); The Galena Road (approx. 9.6 miles away); 82 Rods South of This Spot Was Born in a Log Cabin (approx. 15.9 miles away).
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on May 29, 2012, by David Seibert of Sandy Springs, Georgia. This page has been viewed 850 times since then and 30 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on May 29, 2012, by David Seibert of Sandy Springs, Georgia. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.
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