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Historical Markers and War Memorials in Randolph County, Illinois

 
Clickable Map of Randolph County, Illinois and Immediately Adjacent Jurisdictions image/svg+xml 2019-10-06 U.S. Census Bureau, Abe.suleiman; Lokal_Profil; HMdb.org; J.J.Prats/dc:title> https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Usa_counties_large.svg Randolph County, IL (67) Jackson County, IL (35) Monroe County, IL (76) Perry County, IL (2) St. Clair County, IL (119) Washington County, IL (3) Perry County, MO (12) Ste. Genevieve County, MO (7)  RandolphCounty(67) Randolph County (67)  JacksonCounty(35) Jackson County (35)  MonroeCounty(76) Monroe County (76)  PerryCounty(2) Perry County (2)  St.ClairCounty(119) St. Clair County (119)  WashingtonCounty(3) Washington County (3)  PerryCountyMissouri(12) Perry County (12)  Ste.GenevieveCounty(7) Ste. Genevieve County (7)
Adjacent to Randolph County, Illinois
    Jackson County (35)
    Monroe County (76)
    Perry County (2)
    St. Clair County (119)
    Washington County (3)
    Perry County, Missouri (12)
    Ste. Genevieve County, Missouri (7)
 
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1Illinois (Randolph County), Baldwin — In Honor of Veterans of All Wars
Nicholas Laufer American Legion Post 619 In Honor of Veterans of All WarsMap (db m172427) WM
2Illinois (Randolph County), Chester — Alice the Goon & Child
Alice first appeared in 1933 as the beastly cohort of the evil Seahag. Alice the Goon and her child soon became friends with Popeye and fan favorites.Map (db m161543) HM
3Illinois (Randolph County), Chester — Bluto
Popeye's 1st Screen Villain - 1933 Bluto's Comic Strip Debut - 1932 Map (db m161547) HM
4Illinois (Randolph County), Chester — Castor Oyl & Bernice the Whiffle Hen
Castor, Olive's brother, was always a schemer. In 1929 he met Bernice the Magical Hen, and planned a boat trip to Dice Island. A very young Popeye was hired to pilot their boat. Elzie Segar, the year before he died, introduced "Castor Oyl, the . . . Map (db m161717) HM
5Illinois (Randolph County), Chester — Chester, Randolph County, IllinoisLewis & Clark Expedition — 1803-1806 —
The town of Chester, Illinois, sprawls on the eastern bluffs overlooking the November 27, 1803, Horse Island campsite of Captain Lewis and William Clark on the west bank of the Mississippi River near its confluence with the Kaskaskia River. The . . . Map (db m144872) HM
6Illinois (Randolph County), Chester — Chester-Kaskaskia, Illinois
Shadrach Bond, first Governor of Illinois (1818-1822), is buried in Evergreen Cemetery in Chester. The first recorded settler in the area was John McFerron who purchased land in 1817 but Samuel Smith, who settled here in 1830, is considered the . . . Map (db m161446) HM
7Illinois (Randolph County), Chester — Cole Oyl
Father of Olive & Castor Oyl, husband to Nana and original cast member of Thimble Theater in 1919. Cole's character was inspired by Chester Library's founder, C.B. ColeMap (db m161721) HM
8Illinois (Randolph County), Chester — Elias Kent Kane
Elias Kent Kane, architect of the state's first constitution was born in New York in 1794. Kane studied law and began his practice in Tennessee. In 1814 he moved to Kaskaskia, where he was appointed a judge of the Illinois Territory. Active in . . . Map (db m161382) HM
9Illinois (Randolph County), Chester — Flood of 1993
The Mississippi "cannot be tamed, curbed, or confined…you cannot bar its path with an obstruction which it will not tear down, dance over and laugh at." -Mark Twain The bottomland in front of you was flooded from the Chester bluff . . . Map (db m161862) HM
10Illinois (Randolph County), Chester — Four Nephews
These miniature replicas of Popeye first appeared in a dream sequence in the 1940 film "Wimmin is a Myskery". They returned as Popeye's four nephews in the 1942 film "Pip-eye, Pup-eye, Poop-eye and' Peep-eye" and many other films for four decadesMap (db m161718) HM
11Illinois (Randolph County), Chester — George Rogers Clark Campsite
In the third year of the American Revolutionary War, Lt. Col. George Rogers Clark and his army of 170 Virginians set out from Fort Massac (Metropolis) on their way to liberate the town of Kaskaskia from British control. On July 3, 1778, Clark's army . . . Map (db m161445) HM
12Illinois (Randolph County), Chester — Governor Shadrach Bond1773-1832
Shadrach Bond, first Governor of Illinois, was born November 24, 1773, in Fredericktown, Maryland. He came to Illinois in 1794 and farmed at New Design. In 1805 he was elected to the Indiana Territorial Assembly, where he was instrumental in . . . Map (db m161381) HM
13Illinois (Randolph County), Chester — King Blozo
Ruler of Spinachovia who debuted in the 1931 Thimble Theatre comic strip "The Great Rough House War"Map (db m161725) HM
14Illinois (Randolph County), Chester — Lewis and Clark in Illinois
On November 27, 1803, Meriwether Lewis, William Clark and their party camped on Horse Island, just opposite this place at the confluence of the Kaskaskia and Mississippi Rivers. The next morning, Lewis left them to travel by land. Clark and the men . . . Map (db m144873) HM
15Illinois (Randolph County), Chester — Mary's River Covered Bridge
Built in 1854, in continuous service from 1854-1930. Was originally part of a planked toll road between Breman and Chester. All of the timber in the bridge is the original with the exceptions of the floor, floor joist, roof and siding. Acquired by . . . Map (db m161447) HM
16Illinois (Randolph County), Chester — Poopdeck Pappy
In 1936 King Features Syndicate instructed Elzie Segar to tone down Popeye's roughness. They feared his popular sailor was too rough for the millions of his young fans. Pappy, Popeye's ornery father, was created to fill the void. Pappy's film debut . . . Map (db m161541) HM
17Illinois (Randolph County), Chester — Popeye
This statue is erected in tribute to Elzie Crisler Segar Born in Chester, Illinois - Dec. 8, 1894 Died in Santa Monica, California - Oct. 13, 1938 Mr. Segar created Popeye from his recollection of Frank "Rocky" Fiegel — . . . Map (db m70409) HM
18Illinois (Randolph County), Chester — Port of Chester, Illinois Welcoming Mississippi River Travelers since 1829
Chester's Historic Riverfront. Imagine early Chester and its bustling businesses along the riverfront. Hotels, restaurants, a machine shop, and several large stores lined both sides of the street. The Landmark (known as the St.Louis Flats) on the . . . Map (db m155831) HM
19Illinois (Randolph County), Chester — Prof. O.G. Wotasnozzle
Elzie Segar debuted this eccentric inventor and self-described genius on May 8, 1932 by writing him into the popular "Sappo" comic. The professor became a mainstay in the Popeye comic books of the 1940'sMap (db m161540) HM
20Illinois (Randolph County), Chester — Rough House
Segar's hard working chef debuted on May 24, 1931. He owns and operates the Rough House Café. Since the diner serves hamburgers, Wimpy frequents the beanery in constant search of a free meal and his famous plea "I'll gladly pay you Tuesday for a . . . Map (db m161716) HM
21Illinois (Randolph County), Chester — Sea Hag & Bernard the Vulture
The Sea Hag was created by Elzie C. Segar in 1929 as part of the "Thimble Theater" comic strip. She has become one of the principal enemies of Popeye the Sailor. Upon first meeting Popeye she fell madly in love with him. With the aid of her pet . . . Map (db m161714) HM
22Illinois (Randolph County), Chester — Statehood of IllinoisHistory began in Randolph County 1818-2018
The Village of Kaskaskia was established in April 1703 by the French in Illinois Country of New France. Kaskaskia is recognized as the oldest seat of organized government west of the Allegheny Mountains. On April 18, 1818, the United States . . . Map (db m163829) HM
23Illinois (Randolph County), Chester — The Chester Bridge
In 1938 plans began in Chester to build a bridge spanning the Mississippi River. Construction of the bridge started in 1941 and was completed in 1942 at a cost of $1,385,000. The total length of the bridge was 2,826 feet with two 670 foot center . . . Map (db m161842) HM
24Illinois (Randolph County), Chester — The Railroad
The railroads were part of everyday life. Up to 14 passenger and freight trains passed through Chester each day on three railroads. A popular means of transportation was the Dinky, a self-propelled motor car for short and low volume routes. . . . Map (db m156246) HM
25Illinois (Randolph County), Chester — The River Boats
Showboats traveled up and down the river bring plays and music to Chester. A band marched up the hill to play at the courthouse or in town. Residents were invited to attend plays performed on boardMap (db m156191) HM
26Illinois (Randolph County), Chester — The Spirt of 17761776 - 1976
The spirit of 1776 still lives in America "Honor the dead by helping the living"Map (db m172431) WM
27Illinois (Randolph County), Chester — Thomas Mather1795-1853
Thomas Mather was born in Simsbury, Connecticut, in 1795. His father, William Mather, fought in the Revolutionary War and was a direct descendant of Cotton Mather. The New England minister associated with the Salem Witch Trials. Thomas Mather . . . Map (db m161322) HM
28Illinois (Randolph County), Chester — Toar
20,000 year old caveman debuted on February 7, 1935 as Popeye's foe but soon became one of his most trusted friendsMap (db m161720) HM
29Illinois (Randolph County), Chester — War Memorial
Dedicated to the memory of Those who died in military Service to our station, and in Honor of all who served in The Armed Forces of the United States of America. Those honored here "gave the Last full measure of devotion" . . . Map (db m163833) WM
30Illinois (Randolph County), Chester — Weistar House
Weistar House ca 1859 has been listed in the National Register Of Historic Places (additional plaque:) Stone Cottage 1850 on Lot 20 deeded to John & Samuel Lybarger Descendants of Revolutionary War . . . Map (db m163831) HM
31Illinois (Randolph County), Chester — Wimpy
Popeye's loveable hamburger mooching associate was inspired by Chester Opera House owner William "Windy Bill" SchuchbertMap (db m161545) HM
32Illinois (Randolph County), Ellis Grove — Beaver Island
Site of Old Kaskaskia First State Capital of Illinois Dedicated to Joseph B. Cassou, 1890-1965. Descendant of "Cassou the Trader", who traveled Up and down the Mississippi in the 1700's.Map (db m163749) HM
33Illinois (Randolph County), Ellis Grove — Dedicated in Memory of George Rogers Clark
Dedicated in Memory of George Rogers Clark and his heroic men who captured Kaskaskia from the British July 4, 1778Map (db m163748) HM
34Illinois (Randolph County), Ellis Grove — Fort Kaskaskia Shelter
For more than 80 years, this shelter stood sentinel over the confluence of the Kaskaskia and Mississippi Rivers…one of the most beautiful views in North America. Over the decades, thousands of visitors, families and friends enjoyed the shelter for . . . Map (db m163785) HM
35Illinois (Randolph County), Ellis Grove — Garrison Hill CemeteryHeroes Lie Here
The bodies of early Illinois settlers are buried in this cemetery. They were moved here from three cemeteries in Kaskaskia village. When floods began to destroy the village in the late eighteen hundreds, concerned residents acted to transfer the . . . Map (db m163786) HM
36Illinois (Randolph County), Ellis Grove — Home of Pierre MenardFirst Lieutenant Governor of Illinois — 1766-1844 —
Erected ca. 1815Map (db m161436) HM
37Illinois (Randolph County), Ellis Grove — Kaskaskia
From 1703 until it was washed away by the Mississippi two centuries later, the ancient town of Kaskaskia - the second settlement in Illinois, the territorial capital, and the first state capital stood two miles southwest of here. Fort Kaskaskia . . . Map (db m161321) HM
38Illinois (Randolph County), Ellis Grove — Kaskaskia Island
In the flood of April 1881, the Mississippi divided its channel and broke into the lower Kaskaskia River below this bluff, forming Kaskaskia Island. The historic town of Kaskaskia lay directly in its path, and was eventually destroyed. Thus the . . . Map (db m163788) HM
39Illinois (Randolph County), Ellis Grove — Kaskaskia Village
Kaskaskia Village was formed in 1703 by Kaskaskia Indians, attended by a French priest and fur traders. It grew to be the center of French life in the Illinois Country. Occupied by British, 1765. Captured for Virginia by George Rogers Clark, . . . Map (db m163787) HM
40Illinois (Randolph County), Ellis Grove — Lewis and Clark in Illinois
On November 28, 1803, Meriwether Lewis and William Clark arrived in Kaskaskia with about twenty-four men. Here they recruited twelve more soldiers from the local fort, including Patrick Gass, and John Ordway. They obtained a second pirogue and hired . . . Map (db m161438) HM
41Illinois (Randolph County), Ellis Grove — Looking For a Few Good Men
In 1803, President Thomas Jefferson sent Meriwether Lewis and William Clark to lead a "Corps of Discovery" up the Missouri River in search of a water route to the Pacific. They arrived at Kaskaskia on November 29, looking for new recruits. . . . Map (db m163783) HM
42Illinois (Randolph County), Ellis Grove — Site of Fort Kaskaskia
These mounds are the timeworn remains of a fort designed to protect the village of Kaskaskia. The town, founded in 1703, was the southern anchor of France's colony in the Illinois Country. During the 1730s, French officials planned to replace the . . . Map (db m163784) HM
43Illinois (Randolph County), Ellis Grove — The American Bottom
The American Bottom is that sixty mile long strip of lowland lying between the bluffs and the east bank of the Mississippi River. Its earliest recorded history is written in the annals of France, England, and Spain. In the wars, these nations fought . . . Map (db m161859) HM
44Illinois (Randolph County), Ellis Grove — The Home of Pierre Menard1st Lieutenant Governor of Illinois — 1818-1822 —
Here he died June 13, 1844Map (db m161433) HM
45Illinois (Randolph County), Kaskaskia — Illinois in the American Revolution
George Rogers Clark's capture of Kaskaskia in July, 1778, doomed British control of the Illinois country. The occupation of Kaskaskia was the first step in Clark's plan to capture the western headquarters of the British at Detroit. Under . . . Map (db m143482) HM
46Illinois (Randolph County), Kaskaskia — Lewis and Clark in KaskaskiaThe French Connection — 1803 —
Meriwether Lewis and William Clark arrived in Kaskaskia with twenty-four men on November 29, 1803. Here they acquired the expedition's third boat, a pirogue. After recruiting twelve more soldiers, the Captains hired expert boatman and interpreter . . . Map (db m143581) HM
47Illinois (Randolph County), Kaskaskia — The Liberty Bell of the West
This bell, given by King Louis XV of France to the Catholic Church of the Illinois Country in 1741, has been in Kaskaskia for centuries. The people of Kaskaskia rang it in celebration after George Rogers Clark occupied the town on July 4, 1778, . . . Map (db m143580) HM
48Illinois (Randolph County), Modoc — Dr. George Fisher
George Fisher, early Illinois physician, served as sheriff of Randolph County, member of the first House of Representatives of Indiana Territory, Speaker of the House in the first and third Illinois Territorial Assemblies, (1812-1814, 1816-1818), . . . Map (db m161312) HM
49Illinois (Randolph County), Prairie du Rocher — Fort de Chartres
Fort de Chartres, seat of civil and military government in the Illinois country for half a century, was first completed in 1720. In 1753-56 it was rebuilt of stone at a cost of 200,000 livres and became one of the strongest forts in North America . . . Map (db m163687) HM
50Illinois (Randolph County), Prairie du Rocher — Fort de Chartres In The Illinois Country
This drawing shows Fort de Chartres as it looked during the last years it was controlled by France. The 15-foot walls enclosed an open parade ground and a number of buildings, including barracks for the troops, housing for the officers, a chapel, a . . . Map (db m163685) HM
51Illinois (Randolph County), Prairie du Rocher — German World War I Field Gun
German World War I 15 CM (Krupp) Field Gun and Barrel Carrier Range 23,500 yds. Weight 7 ton (note only 2 in existence)Map (db m148979) HM
52Illinois (Randolph County), Prairie du Rocher — German World War I Howitzer
German World War I 1913 Howitzer Range 9,296 yds. Map (db m148973) WM
53Illinois (Randolph County), Prairie du Rocher — In Dedication Honor and Memory
In dedication honor and memory of those from our community who so valiantly served our country. They gave their today for our tomorrow. World War I Andrew Horrell • John W. LaRose • Joseph Park Vietnam War Howard E. . . . Map (db m170529) WM
54Illinois (Randolph County), Prairie du Rocher — Lewis and Clark in Illinois
On December 4, 1803, William Clark and several recruits passed by this place on their expedition west. In his journal, Clark noted the stone ruins of Fort De Chartres. The party continued on to pick up supplies and then meet Meriwether Lewis in . . . Map (db m161441) HM
55Illinois (Randolph County), Prairie du Rocher — Modoc Rock Shelter
As early as 8000 B.C. prehistoric Indians were camping in the shelter of this great sandstone bluff. These nomadic people, who lived by hunting animals and gathering plants for food and fibers, came here regularly for more than 6000 years. Later . . . Map (db m161319) HM
56Illinois (Randolph County), Prairie du Rocher — Modoc Rock Shelter
Modoc Rock Shelter is best known for campsites of the Archaic Period, ranging in age from 8,900 to 4,000 years ago. During the early part of the Archaic Period, Native Americans camped here for short periods. They hunted deer, trapped . . . Map (db m163695) HM
57Illinois (Randolph County), Prairie du Rocher — Modoc Rock Shelter
This sandstone bluff provided shelter for Native American groups beginning shortly after the Ice Age, then continuing for almost 8000 years. Periodic floods from the Mississippi River and nearby Barbeau Creek buried the abandoned camps, creating . . . Map (db m163697) HM
58Illinois (Randolph County), Prairie du Rocher — Pierre Laclede at Chartres
Pierre Laclede and his business partners purchased a house here at the eastern edge of the village of Chartres in 1763. Laclede wintered in the house as he planned the new village of St. Louis which he established in 1764. The house was later . . . Map (db m163672) HM
59Illinois (Randolph County), Prairie du Rocher — Prairie Du Rocher, IllinoisEstablished in 1722 — "Oldest Town in Illinois" —
A stranger entering the quaint village of Prairie Du Rocher, from the east, perceives, while yet descending the steep hill leading to the Great American Bottom, the quiet, undisturbed beauty of the community, with quiet fortitude, We have . . . Map (db m171389) HM
60Illinois (Randolph County), Prairie du Rocher — Ste. Anne's Church
In 1721 a chapel to Ste. Anne was built outside the first Fort de Chartres near the river. In 1731 the villagers of Chartres constructed in this vicinity a church of post-on-sill measuring 50 by 30 feet. The parish included St. Joseph Chapel at . . . Map (db m163671) HM
61Illinois (Randolph County), Prairie du Rocher — The Calvary
Christ was crucified between two thieves on a small hill called Golgotha. The name, signifies "place of the skull" in Hebrew, and in Latin "calvarie locus": in French the word "calvaire" was used to designate the hill. In Europe three crosses . . . Map (db m163676) HM
62Illinois (Randolph County), Prairie du Rocher — The Creole House
The Creole House ca 1800 Restored by RCHS This site placed on the National Register of Historic Places 1973 Plaque given in Memory of Ruth Robin Gilster [Additional plaque on the . . . Map (db m167430) HM
63Illinois (Randolph County), Prairie du Rocher — Welcome to Fort de Chartres State Historic Site
Before you stands the partially reconstructed Fort de Chartres, built by the French government between 1753 and 1755. The stone fort replaced earlier wooden forts by the same name. From 1720 to 1763, these forts served France as the military, . . . Map (db m163678) HM
64Illinois (Randolph County), Red Bud — North County Area Veterans Memorial
(center) Dedicated in memory of the North County area veterans who sacrificed their lives for our freedom. (left) Civil War William Degener • Conrad Dunker • — Koenig • Henry Nicholson • Adam Rietz • Henry . . . Map (db m171489) WM
65Illinois (Randolph County), Ruma — Dr. George Fisher
Dr. George Fisher, Kaskaskia physician, lived on a farm eight miles west of here from 1806 until his death in 1820. 1801 First Sheriff of Randolph County, 1805-1808 Member of the first and second General Assemblies of Indiana Territory, 1812-1816 . . . Map (db m161315) HM
66Illinois (Randolph County), Sparta — Charter Oak School
Charter Oak School is said to be the only octagonal one-story brick schoolhouse in Illinois. It was built in 1873, in accordance with a design suggested by Daniel Ling, a teacher of the Charter Oak School district. It served as a school until 1953. . . . Map (db m161316) HM
67Illinois (Randolph County), Steeleville — Founding of Steeleville
Present-day Steeleville was founded in 1825 by George Steele, who erected and operated an oxen-powered grain treadmill. The town was then known as Steele's Mills. In 1840, it was state chartered and renamed Georgetown. Alma and Jasper Steele . . . Map (db m161854) HM
 
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