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Near Chrisman in Edgar County, Illinois — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

One of The Original Milestones (# 97)

 
 
Marker for - One of The Original Milestones (# 97) image. Click for full size.
By Al Wolf, September 21, 2008
1. Marker for - One of The Original Milestones (# 97)
Inscription. One of the original Milestones which marked the Trail from Vincennes to Chicago.

This stone was No. 97 which designated the number of miles from Vincennes.
 
Erected 1930 by Edgar County Historical Society.
 
Location. 39° 46.133′ N, 87° 40.868′ W. Marker is near Chrisman, Illinois, in Edgar County. Marker is on Illinois Route 1 south of Grapevine Road, on the left when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Chrisman IL 61924, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 11 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. One of The Original Milestones (# 93) (approx. 4.1 miles away); Pontiac Peace Treaty (approx. 5.1 miles away); Abraham Lincoln - Eighth Judicial District (approx. 7.9 miles away); Dedicated to All Veterans (approx. 8.8 miles away); Ernie Pyle - - Home (approx. 10.2 miles away in Indiana); a different marker also named Abraham Lincoln - Eighth Judicial District (approx. 10.9 miles away); American Revolution War Memorial - Edgar County Illinois (approx. 10.9 miles away); Millstones Long in the Service of Pioneers (approx. 10.9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Chrisman.
 
Regarding One of The Original Milestones (# 97).
One of The Original Milestones (# 97) image. Click for full size.
By Al Wolf, September 21, 2008
2. One of The Original Milestones (# 97)
This milestone number 97 by its number - puts it 97 miles from Vincennes, Indiana as the road heads to Chicago.

There is rich History within the story of this road. Starting with buffalo following the "well worn Buffalo Path" from Minnesota to the Kentucky "salt licks."

It was slowly and painfully cleared - eventually becoming "Hubbard's Trace." In 1835 the Illinois General Assembly ordered the "Vincennes to Chicago Road" to be surveyed. After a colorful life and adventures James Clayman, "the most reliable voice of the Rocky Mountain fur trade," became the Deputy County Surveyor of Vermilion County, Illinois. He was contracted to survey the new road, and placed upon it a "Mile Marker" at every mile along it. He followed "Hubbard's Trace" much of the way.

With the era of the automobile, came the "Dixie Highway" following most of the "Vincennes to Chicago" route from Chicago within the State of Illinois.

There are a limited number of these old "mile markers" yet in existence. Each should receive public recognition and to have their story told as part of the rich history of this roadway.
 
Also see . . .  Ridge Historical Society. A Chicago historical view of the importance of the ""Road"" to their area. (Submitted on September 21, 2008, by Al Wolf of Veedersburg, Indiana.) 
 
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By Al Wolf, September 21, 2008
3. Front View
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By Al Wolf, September 21, 2008
4. Looking North
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By Al Wolf, September 21, 2008
5. Looking South
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By Al Wolf, September 21, 2008
6. Back View
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on September 21, 2008, by Al Wolf of Veedersburg, Indiana. This page has been viewed 1,404 times since then and 33 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on September 21, 2008, by Al Wolf of Veedersburg, Indiana. • Kevin W. was the editor who published this page.
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