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Near Palestine in Crawford County, Illinois — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Palestine, Illinois

 
 
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By Al Wolf
1. Palestine, Illinois Marker
Inscription. This area reminded Frenchman John LaMotte of the land of milk and honey, Palestine. While a member of the LaSalle exploring party, he became separated from the group, traveled down the Wabash River, and first gazed upon the region in 1678. Other French settlers came during the 18th Century. Then, by 1812, the Westward moving Americans began constructing Fort LaMotte. As the palisade filled with settlers, those desiring more room moved a few miles to the Northwest and established Fort Foot.

The settlers in Fort LaMotte were the core of the Town of Palestine. Platted in 1818 by Joseph Kitchell and Edward Cullom, the settlement served until 1843 as the Crawford County Seat. The growth of the Town lagged until a United States Land Office, opened in 1821, gave new importance to the community. Then, people came to buy land, to attend court, for entertainment, and to have their grain milled. Others, like Abraham Lincoln in 1830, passed through the bustling Town on their way to settle in Illinois.

The Land Office continued to give prominence to Palestine. Robert A. Kinzie came in 1831 to purchase 102 acres for $127.68, an area which became the nucleus of Chicago. Augustus C. French (1808-1864) served as a receiver in the Land Office from 1839 to 1843. A native of New Hampshire, he was the first “Yankee” to
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By Al Wolf, October 11, 2009
2. Wide View - - Palestine, Illinois Marker
be elected Governor of Illinois. Chosen in 1846, French was forced to stand for re-election under the New Constitution of 1848 and won.
 
Erected 1986 by Illinois Dept. of Transportation and the Illinois State Historical Society.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Illinois State Historical Society marker series.
 
Location. 39° 0.437′ N, 87° 37.438′ W. Marker is near Palestine, Illinois, in Crawford County. Marker is at the intersection of Illinois Route 33 and North Highway Street, on the right when traveling west on State Route 33. Touch for map. A toss-up if this marker is "in" or "out" of the Town limits of Palestine. Marker is in this post office area: Palestine IL 62451, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Fort Foot (here, next to this marker); Gov. Augustus C. French (approx. 0.6 miles away); United States Land Office (approx. 0.7 miles away); The Fife Opera House (approx. 0.7 miles away); Auntie Gogin's Store (approx. 0.7 miles away); Houston - Dickson Store (approx. 0.8 miles away); Dubois Tavern (approx. 0.8 miles away); Cullom Homestead (approx. 0.9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Palestine.
 
Also see . . .  Welcome to Palestine, Illinois ::
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By Al Wolf, October 11, 2009
3. Looking West - - Palestine, Illinois Marker
. This is the Official Web Link to the "Pioneer City" - Palestine, Illinois. Good links to check out. (Submitted on October 15, 2009, by Al Wolf of Veedersburg, Indiana.) 
 
Categories. ExplorationForts, CastlesGovernmentIndustry & CommerceNotable BuildingsNotable EventsNotable PersonsNotable PlacesSettlements & Settlers
 
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By Al Wolf, October 11, 2009
4. Sign Grouping & Maker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on October 15, 2009, by Al Wolf of Veedersburg, Indiana. This page has been viewed 1,038 times since then and 29 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on October 15, 2009, by Al Wolf of Veedersburg, Indiana. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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