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In Remembrance - Wood River Massacre - July 10, 1814 Marker image, Touch for more information
By Mike Camero, September 25, 2011
In Remembrance - Wood River Massacre - July 10, 1814 Marker
Illinois (Madison County), Alton — In Remembrance - Wood River Massacre - July 10, 1814
In remembrance of the pioneer days of this area and to the memory of the victims of the Wood River Massacre who were killed by Indians near this site on July 10, 1814 - Rachel Reagan, Elizabeth 7, Timothy 3 wife and children of Reason Reagan - . . . — Map (db m47661) HM
Illinois (Madison County), Alton — Lewis and Clark Expedition
Near here at Camp Dubois, the Lewis and Clark Detachment spent the winter of 1803. They left on May 14, 1804, ascending the Missouri River to its source. Crossed the Great Divide reaching the Pacific on November 7, 1805. They returned to Illinois on . . . — Map (db m2514) HM
Illinois (Madison County), Alton — Ruins of First State Prison in Illinois
Ruins of first state prison in Illinois. Built in 1830-31. Unsanitary conditions aroused persistent criticism from Dorothea Dix, pioneer in prison reform. All inmates were transferred to Joliet prior to 1860. During the Civil War many Confederate . . . — Map (db m76506) HM
Illinois (Madison County), Alton — The Journey Begins Here
Meriwether Lewis and William Clark of the Corps of Discovery stayed at Camp River Dubois during the winter of 1803–1804, on their journey to find an all-water-route to the Pacific Ocean. For five months, the Corps stayed near the confluence of . . . — Map (db m2400) HM
Illinois (Madison County), Alton — The Legend of the Piasa
In 1673 Jacques Marquette reported that he and fellow French explorer Louis Jolliet discovered a Painting of what was probably two "Water Monsters" on the bluffs of the Mississippi River near present day Alton. By 1700 those pictographic creatures . . . — Map (db m89339) HM
Illinois (Madison County), Alton — Veterans Memorial
Plaque 1. This memorial is erected to commemorate the patriotism and devotion of our citizens who answered our country's call and served in the World War. Plaque 2. Let us have faith in that right makes might, and in that . . . — Map (db m55500) HM
Illinois (Madison County), Collinsville — Cahokia — City of the Sun
Cahokia was the largest prehistoric Indian community in America north of Mexico. It covered an area of six square-miles, including at least 120 mounds of different size and function. Initial occupation during Late Woodland times (AD 700-800) . . . — Map (db m74881) HM
Illinois (Madison County), Collinsville — Grand Plaza — Heart of the City
The heart of Cahokia was the Grand Plaza situated between Monks Mound and the Twin Mounds. Archaeological testing has confirmed that the plaza was, in part, artificially created by filling in low areas and reducing high points to create a flat, . . . — Map (db m74891) HM
Illinois (Madison County), Collinsville — Monks Mound — The largest prehistoric earthwork in the Americas
Monks Mound is the largest prehistoric earthwork in the Americas. Its base covers over 14 acres, and it rises to a height of 100 feet. It contains an estimated 22 million cubic feet of earth, all hand-carried in baskets from the many borrow pits . . . — Map (db m62175) HM
Illinois (Madison County), Collinsville — Stockade — A Walled City
The central ceremonial precinct of Cahokia was enclosed by a defensive wall, the Stockade (or Palisade). It was built of upright logs placed in 4-5 foot deep trenches and probably stood 10-15 feet high above the ground. It would take an estimated . . . — Map (db m74887) HM
Illinois (Madison County), Collinsville — Woodhenge — A prehistoric solar calendar
At least five large post-circle monuments were built at this location from AD 1100 to 1200, each with a different diameter and number of posts. Woodhenge III is the circle most extensively excavated and is the one reconstructed here, in the original . . . — Map (db m62174) HM
Illinois (Madison County), Edwardsville — Benjamin Stephenson House — 1820
Stephenson House built 1820 Listed on the National Register of Historic Places for Historical & Architectural Significance — Map (db m55340) HM
Illinois (Madison County), Edwardsville — Cleaon Etzkorn Bandstand
Dedicated on June 3, 1982 In recognition of 50 years of outstanding service to the Edwardsville Municipal Band during which he served 25 years as its director

Edwardsville Rotary Club serving the community as the major contributor to . . . — Map (db m54303) HM

Illinois (Madison County), Edwardsville — Edwardsville — Home of Five Illinois Governors
Edward Coles 1822-1826 Ninian Edwards 1826-1830 John Reynolds 1830-1834 Thomas Ford 1842-1846 Charles S. Deneen 1905-1913 — Map (db m55040) HM
Illinois (Madison County), Edwardsville — Edwardsville National Bank Clock
First erected in 1923 at the corner of St. Louis Street and North Main Street Through funds raised by public donations, the clock was relocated in this Clock Tower park and presented to the City of Edwardsville in gratitude for its commitment . . . — Map (db m52630) HM
Illinois (Madison County), Edwardsville — First Cemetery in the City of Edwardsville
This tract of ground was the first cemetery in the City of Edwardsville. Buried here are the soldiers of our early wars and the pioneer settlers of this community. — Map (db m49810) HM
Illinois (Madison County), Edwardsville — Fort Russell
One quarter-mile to the west stood Fort Russell, a wooden stockade which served as a base of supplies and operations for the Illinois Militia during the War of 1812. From here, for months at a time, Governor Ninian Edwards administered the affairs . . . — Map (db m54759) HM
Illinois (Madison County), Edwardsville — In grateful memory of the early settlers.
In grateful memory of the early settlers. Who by courage industry and endurance transformed a wilderness into a land of order peace and plenty. — Map (db m48951) HM
Illinois (Madison County), Edwardsville — In Memory of Dr. Thomas R. Yates
. . . — Map (db m54292) HM
Illinois (Madison County), Edwardsville — LeClaire, Illinois
Social visionary N.O. Nelson founded the village of LeClaire in 1890, naming it after Edme Jean LeClaire, who inaugurated profit sharing in France. In contrast to unsanitary urban tenement districts, LeClaire was a model cooperative village offering . . . — Map (db m54856) HM
Illinois (Madison County), Edwardsville — Ninian Edwards — 1775 - 1833
Territorial Governor 1809-1818 U.S. Senator from Illinois 1818-1824 Elected Third Governor of Illinois 1826-1831 City of Edwardsville was named in his honor in 1813 — Map (db m54296) HM
Illinois (Madison County), Edwardsville — Site of Abraham Lincoln's Speech
. . . — Map (db m52639) HM
Illinois (Madison County), Hamel — Truckin Down 66 - Cassens Transport and Hamel — Tourist Haven Resaurant
It Began with Four Cars - Cassens Transport began in 1931 when Albert and Arnold hauld four new cars from Detroit to their father George's dealership in Hamel. By 1941, Cassens had a fleet of 35 car transporters operating from its terminal . . . — Map (db m77706) HM
Illinois (Madison County), Marine — Capt. Curtis Blakeman and the Marine Settlement
In memory of Capt. Curtis Blakeman and the Marine Settlement Just north of here, in 1819, a group of sea captains, Blakeman, Allen, Breath, Deselherst, and Mead from Connecticut, arrived and built log cabins, naming the . . . — Map (db m48946) HM
Illinois (Madison County), Roxana — Wanda Methodist Church
On this site religious services have been held since 1802 - Methodist Church organized 1809 - Fort Chouteau 7/8 mile south built for protection from indians 1811 - Salem Camp meetings held 1813-1861 - Wanda carried name of Salem until 1875 — Map (db m77724) HM

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