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

Lewistown Trail

 
 
Lewistown Trail Marker image. Click for full size.
By David Seibert, August 9, 2010
1. Lewistown Trail Marker
Inscription. Lewistown Trail ran from Springfield to Galena via Lewistown. From 1827 to 1837 it was one of the main routes to the Galena lead mines. In general the trail ran in a northerly direction, crossing the Rock River at Prophetstown. It then zigzagged over the glaciated slopes of Carroll County and at this point turned northward again toward Plum River, six miles away. In 1837 when a state road was established to Galena via Savanna, this portion of the old trail became a local wagon road. By the 1850's it was a post road to the mill towns of Jacobsville and Polsgrove.
 
Erected 1971 by Carroll County Historical Society and the Illinois State Historical Society.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Illinois State Historical Society marker series.
 
Location. 42° 4.869′ N, 90° 2.568′ W. Marker is in Mount Carroll, Illinois, in Carroll County. Marker is on U.S. 52 0.1 miles east of 7 Hill Road, on the left when traveling east. Touch for map. The marker stands in front of Center Hill Cemetery Cemetery, just west of Center Hill Church, on a section of the old US 52 roadbed. Marker is in this post office area: Mount Carroll IL 61053, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 6 miles of this marker
Lewistown Trail Marker image. Click for full size.
By David Seibert, August 9, 2010
2. Lewistown Trail Marker
Center Hill Cemetery is in the background
, measured as the crow flies. Shimer College (approx. 3.4 miles away); Plum River Falls (approx. 4.3 miles away); Savanna Community Veterans Memorial (approx. 4.5 miles away); Savanna Public Library (approx. 5.8 miles away); Savanna Community World War II Honor Roll (approx. 5.8 miles away); Helen Scott Hay (approx. 5.8 miles away); Grand Army of the Republic Presentation (approx. 5.8 miles away); Pierce Wigwam (approx. 6 miles away).
 
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Lewistown Trail Marker image. Click for full size.
By David Seibert, August 9, 2010
3. Lewistown Trail Marker
Looking east on the old US 52 roadbed toward Mount Carroll; the marker is in the trees to the left.
Lewistown Trail Marker image. Click for full size.
By David Seibert, August 9, 2010
4. Lewistown Trail Marker
Looking west on the old US 52 roadbed toward Savanna; the marker is in the trees to the right
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on August 9, 2010, by David Seibert of Sandy Springs, Georgia. This page has been viewed 719 times since then and 57 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on August 9, 2010, by David Seibert of Sandy Springs, Georgia. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.
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