Near Hamilton in Hancock County, Illinois — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
Thy Wondrous Story, Illinois
During the American Revolution, George Rogers Clark scored a bloodless victory when he captured Kaskaskia for the Commonwealth of Virginia and Illinois became a county of Virginia. This area was ceded to the United States in 1784, and became in turn a part of the Northwest Territory and the Indiana and Illinois Territories. On December 3, 1818, Illinois entered the Union as the 21st state.
A short distance above Hamilton the lower rapids of the Mississippi River obstructed steamboat navigation. In 1820 the steamboat Western Engineer ascended to the foot of the rapids and three years later, the Virginia churned through the swift, shallow water.
In the late 1830's, Lieutenant Robert E. Lee supervised drilling and blasting to widen and deepen the river channel. When this project proved too costly and ineffective, an independent canal around the western side of the rapids was started in 1866.
Between the Mississippi and the Illinois Rivers, Highway 136 cuts through the military tract, an area used as “Bounty
Location. 40° 26.978′ N, 91° 22.203′ W. Marker is near Hamilton, Illinois, in Hancock County. Marker is on Illinois Route 96 at milepost 20, 0.1 miles south of County Road 1720, on the left when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is located at roadside pull out along the Mississippi River. Marker is in this post office area: Hamilton IL 62341, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 7 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. National Association for Music Education (approx. 3.6 miles away in Iowa); First Permanent Jewish House of Worship in Iowa (approx. 3.6 miles away in Iowa); Welcome to Illinois (approx. 3.8 miles away); The Estes House (approx. 3.8 miles away in Iowa); The First Fort Des Moines (approx. 6.2 miles away in Iowa); Nauvoo, Illinois (approx. 6.3 miles away); Nauvoo House (approx. 6.4 miles away); Bidamon Stable (approx. 6.4 miles away).
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