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Historical Markers and War Memorials in St. Clair County, Illinois

 
Clickable Map of St. Clair 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 St. Clair County, IL (119) Clinton County, IL (4) Madison County, IL (152) Monroe County, IL (78) Randolph County, IL (67) Washington County, IL (3) St. Louis County, MO (491) St. Louis County, MO (421)  St.ClairCounty(119) St. Clair County (119)  ClintonCounty(4) Clinton County (4)  MadisonCounty(152) Madison County (152)  MonroeCounty(78) Monroe County (78)  RandolphCounty(67) Randolph County (67)  WashingtonCounty(3) Washington County (3)  St.LouisMissouri(491) St. Louis (491)  St.LouisCounty(421) St. Louis County (421)
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    St. Louis, Missouri (491)
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1Illinois (St. Clair County), Belleville — Belleville Public Square — Historic Site
On Public Square, on the right when traveling east.
Heart and transportation hub since founding of the city in 1814Map (db m152882) HM
2Illinois (St. Clair County), Belleville — Belleville Savings Bank
On East Main Street, on the right when traveling east.
When the doors opened at Belleville Savings Bank's new building on October 15, 1913, the bank was the oldest and largest in Belleville. It had been chartered in 1859. German immigrant Edward Abend, who came with the first group of "Latin Farmers" . . . Map (db m143316) HM
3Illinois (St. Clair County), Belleville — Carrie Thomas Alexander-Bahrenburg — 1861-1929 — Progressive Activist —
On West Main Street at North Illinois Street (Illinois Route 159), on the right when traveling west on West Main Street.
Daughter of prominent civic leader Colonel John Thomas, Alexander-Bahrenburg in 1887 took over management of Belleville Citizen's Horse Railway. In 1900 she was elected one of the first female trustees of the University of Illinois. She became in . . . Map (db m152949) HM
4Illinois (St. Clair County), Belleville — Christian "Buddy" Ebsen — 1908-2003 — Star of Stage, Screen, and Television —
On West Main Street at North Illinois Street (Illinois Route 159), on the right when traveling west on West Main Street.
Born in Belleville, Buddy was the son of Christian Ebsen, the physical fitness instructor of the Belleville Turners. Fitness and dance instruction by his father served Buddy well and led to a 70-year career in show business. The Ebsen family left . . . Map (db m153304) HM
5Illinois (St. Clair County), Belleville — Deidesheimer's Dry Goods Store
On East Main Street west of High Street, on the right when traveling east.
In 1867, Henry Deidesheimer was one of three businessmen who built three identical buildings on adjoining lots on East Main Street at High Street. Each brick and iron building was three stories tall. Deidesheimer's dry goods and grocery store . . . Map (db m157736) HM
6Illinois (St. Clair County), Belleville — Dorothea Deichmann Millinery
On East Main Street just west of North Church Street, on the right when traveling west.
When Dorothea Deichmann had this building constructed in 1892, it was still unusual for a woman to own property in her own name, erect buildings, and conduct her own business, but Deichmann was ahead of her time. She sold hats at this location from . . . Map (db m143390) HM
7Illinois (St. Clair County), Belleville — Edward A. Daley — 1887-1930 — Preeminent Town Booster —
On West Main Street at North Illinois Street (Illinois Route 159), on the right when traveling west on West Main Street.
A Missouri newspaperman, Daley came to Belleville in 1916 to become the executive director of the new Greater Belleville Board of Trade and promote the civic and economic development of Belleville. In 1917, he led the effort to convince the War . . . Map (db m152953) HM
8Illinois (St. Clair County), Belleville — Ever and Anon Park
On East Main Street at Mascoutah Avenue, on the right when traveling east on East Main Street.
The park is on the site of Hanover House, built in 1862, and later named Hotel Tiemann. The three-story hotel was demolished in 1998. Ever and Anon Park was developed by the Belleville Heritage Society. Old Belleville Historic District, one . . . Map (db m143389) HM
9Illinois (St. Clair County), Belleville — George Blair — 1759-1833 — Belleville's Founder —
On West Main Street at North Illinois Street (Illinois Route 159), on the right when traveling west on West Main Street.
Blair was a Scottish American who arrived in St. Clair County in the 1790s and became the county sheriff. Soon after 1800 he moved to a 200-acre farm in the Clinton Hill Precinct. On March 10, 1814 he concluded negotiations with a county commission . . . Map (db m152951) HM
10Illinois (St. Clair County), Belleville — Gustavus Koerner — 1809-1896
On Abend Street at Mascoutah Avenue, on the right when traveling north on Abend Street.
Gustavus Koerner came to Belleville from Germany in 1833. He took a law degree from the University of Heidleberg in 1832. Shortly after, he was arrested during a political demonstration. He escaped and joined a party of emigrants. In Illinois his . . . Map (db m140531) HM
11Illinois (St. Clair County), Belleville — Gustavus P. Koerner/Sophia Engelmann Koerner — 1809-1896/1815-1888 (respectively) — German-American Reformers —
On West Main Street at North Illinois Street (Illinois Route 159), on the right when traveling west on West Main Street.
Abandoning hope of political reform in Germany, members of the Friedrich Engelmann family, including daughter Sophie, immigrated to the Belleville area in 1833. Sophie's suitor, Gustave Koerner, accompanied them after participating in a failed . . . Map (db m153301) HM
12Illinois (St. Clair County), Belleville — Historic Garfield Street Saloon
On East Garfield Street at Mascoutah Avenue, on the right when traveling west on East Garfield Street.
Adam Gintz, the president of Belleville's Western Brewery, built a saloon on the corner of Garfield and Mascoutah in 1896. Successor businesses would continue to provide alcoholic beverages here for more than a hundred years. The earliest . . . Map (db m143311) HM
13Illinois (St. Clair County), Belleville — John Messinger, 1771-1846
On Old Collinsville Road 0.2 miles north of Clinton Hill Drive, on the right when traveling north.
John Messinger received a formal education in New England before settling on the Illinois frontier in 1802. After serving as St. Clair County Surveyor, he was appointed Deputy United States Surveyor and platted much of the government land between . . . Map (db m140532) HM
14Illinois (St. Clair County), Belleville — Julius Liese — 1843-1920 — Entrepreneur-Musician —
On West Main Street at North Illinois Street (Illinois Route 159), on the right when traveling west on West Main Street.
A native of Bavaria, Germany, Liese arrived in Belleville in 1864; became a bookkepper; and began teaching music. He joined the new Belleville Philharmonic orchestra in 1867 and became its second conductor in 1869. Until his resignation in 1885, . . . Map (db m152952) HM
15Illinois (St. Clair County), Belleville — Kastel Electric
On West Main Street at North 2nd Street, on the right when traveling west on West Main Street.
At age 18, Fred Kastel began his career as an electrical contractor in 1906. He would remain in the business for 50 years. For much of his career he installed electrical wiring and fixtures in buildings constructed before the use of electricity was . . . Map (db m152863) HM
16Illinois (St. Clair County), Belleville — Les Mueller — 1919-2012 — Citizen Pitcher —
On West Main Street at North Illinois Street (Illinois Route 159), on the right when traveling west on West Main Street.
A Belleville native, Mueller pitched in the minor leagues after graduating from Belleville Township High School in 1937. The Detroit Tigers called him up for the 1941 season. Following service in World War II he returned to Detroit in 1945 and was a . . . Map (db m153289) HM
17Illinois (St. Clair County), Belleville — Lyman Trumbull — 1813-1896 — Apprentice Politician to National Leader —
On West Main Street at North Illinois Street (Illinois Route 159), on the right when traveling west on West Main Street.
A native of Connecticut, Trumbull arrived in Belleville in 1837 to practice law. He successfully challenged the last legal justification for slavery in Illinois. Before moving from town in 1848, he entered politics, serving a term in the Illinois . . . Map (db m153287) HM
18Illinois (St. Clair County), Belleville — Ninian Edwards — 1775-1833 — Illinois Leader, Town Developer —
On West Main Street at North Illinois Street (Illinois Route 159), on the right when traveling west on West Main Street.
Edwards came to Illinois from Kentucky in 1809 to become territorial governor. After Illinois attained statehood in 1818 he served as one of the state's first two US Senators. Even before moving to Belleville in 1824, Edwards heavily invested in the . . . Map (db m153303) HM
19Illinois (St. Clair County), Belleville — Peters Saloon
On West Main Street at South 2nd Street, on the right when traveling east on West Main Street.
Henry Peters did something unusual for a saloonkeeper. He bought the property on which his rented saloon stood and built his own saloon at this location in 1910. A native of Germany, Peters became a saloonist in the 1890s and along with many fellow . . . Map (db m152881) HM
20Illinois (St. Clair County), Belleville — Reichert Business Block
On West Main Street west of South 2nd Street, on the right when traveling east.
Joseph Reichert, who had emigrated from the German State of Baden, was a prosperous miller in Freeburg seeking a business opportunity in Belleville. He constructed this building in 1880 to be operated by his daughter and son-in-law, Maria and John . . . Map (db m152864) HM
21Illinois (St. Clair County), Belleville — Robert "Bob" Goalby — 1929 - — Masterful Athlete —
On West Main Street at North Lincoln Street (Illinois Route 159), on the right when traveling west on West Main Street.
A Belleville native, Goalby graduated from Township High School in 1947 after starring in football, basketball, and baseball. He played football at the University of Illinois but chose golf for his career. Having honed his golf skills while a caddie . . . Map (db m152950) HM
22Illinois (St. Clair County), Belleville — Romeiser Building
On East Main Street just east of South Jackson Street, on the right when traveling east.
Peter M. Romeiser, a German immigrant and Civil War veteran, opened a small clothing store for men in 1878 that grew into a mercantile empire extending from this building to South Jackson Street in 1906. His innovative pricing policy in the retail . . . Map (db m143387) HM
23Illinois (St. Clair County), Belleville — Ruth A. Sterling — 1905-1994 — Pioneer Business Executive —
On West Main Street near North Illinois Street (Illinois Route 159), on the right when traveling west.
Belleville native Sterling graduated from Belleville Township High School in 1922 and worked as a stenographer. By 1925 she was an assistant secretary at the Belleville Casket Company and rose through the ranks to become company president in 1953, . . . Map (db m157740) HM
24Illinois (St. Clair County), Belleville — Site of Old St. Clair County Courthouse 1861-1972
Near Public Square (Illinois Route 159) south of Main Street.
. . . Map (db m152873) HM
25Illinois (St. Clair County), Belleville — St. Clair National Bank
On East Main Street, on the right when traveling west.
St. Clair National Bank began business in a former saloon at this location in 1919. The bank flourished and hired the local architectural firm of Frank Riester and Otto Rubach to design a new building that would convey a sense of the bank's . . . Map (db m143314) HM
26Illinois (St. Clair County), Belleville — Theodor Erasmus Hilgard — 1790-1873 — Democracy Advocate, West Belleville Developer —
On West Main Street at North Illinois Street (Illinois Route 159), on the right when traveling east on West Main Street.
For Germans yearning to live in a freer land, Justice Theodor Hilgard of the appellate court of Rhenish Bavaria encouraged scouts to immigrate to the United States to locate favorable places to settle. In 1833 they began the Latin Farmer migration, . . . Map (db m157746) HM
27Illinois (St. Clair County), Belleville — Washington Theatre
On West Main Street east of North 3rd Street, on the right when traveling east.
Opening night at the Washington Theatre was January 17, 1913. The admission price was 10 cents. Owner and theater magnate Louis Landau, Jr., directed the first night's performance include both vaudeville acts and a silent movie. Live music . . . Map (db m152865) HM
28Illinois (St. Clair County), Cahokia — 13 Star Day
On East 1st Street just east of Church Street, on the left when traveling east.
In July 1778 Captain Joseph Bowman and a small band of rangers were dispatched by Col. Clark from Kaskaskia to Cahokia to offer the Cahokians the opportunity of becoming free as citizens of the Republic of Virginia. Cahokians were guaranteed all . . . Map (db m142123) HM
29Illinois (St. Clair County), Cahokia — Cahokia — Lewis & Clark Expedition — 1803-1806 —
On East 1st Street just west of Church Street, on the right when traveling west.
Cahokia was Lewis and Clark's host community for much of their six month stay in Illinois. Meriwether Lewis was often found in Cahokia on expedition business through the winter of 1803-04. During this important period of preparation, Lewis spent . . . Map (db m140559) HM
30Illinois (St. Clair County), Cahokia — Cahokia - The Birthplace of the Midwest
On East 1st Street just from Church Street, on the left when traveling east.
Founded on May 14, 1699 as an Indian mission by missionary priests from the seminary of foreign missions at Quebec, Cahokia was the first European settlement in the entire Mississippi Valley. A significant mission and a principle fur trading . . . Map (db m142085) HM
31Illinois (St. Clair County), Cahokia — Cahokia Association for the Tricentennial
On East 1st Street at Church Street, on the right when traveling west on East 1st Street.
On February 26, 1993 the first meeting of the Cahokia Association for the tricentennial was held. The goals set forth for the organization were to celebrate 300 years of continuous settlement, from the year 1699 to 1999 and to create a . . . Map (db m142880) HM
32Illinois (St. Clair County), Cahokia — Cahokia Courthouse
On Elm Street just north of West 2nd Street, on the right when traveling north.
Cahokia Courthouse is one of the region's oldest buildings and a unique remnant of the French occupation of the mid-Mississippi Valley. Originally constructed in about 1740 as a dwelling, the building became a courthouse in 1790. For twenty-four . . . Map (db m142087) HM
33Illinois (St. Clair County), Cahokia — Chief Pontiac
On East 1st Street just east of Church Street, on the left when traveling east.
Pontiac was an Ottawa Indian, born about 1720 in the Detroit area. By 1755, Pontiac had become a Chief. In 1763 warfare began between the Indian tribes and the English. The Indians were unsuccessful in their attack on Fort Detroit and Fort Pitt . . . Map (db m142121) HM
34Illinois (St. Clair County), Cahokia — Church of the Holy Family
On East 1st Street just east of Church Street, on the right when traveling east.
. . . Map (db m140557) HM
35Illinois (St. Clair County), Cahokia — Fort Bowman
On East 1st Street, on the left when traveling east.
Cahokia was occupied on July 6, 1778 by Captain Joseph Bowman and about 40 men and Kaskaskians. Capt. Bowman selected an old stone house, known as the DuVerger Home, built in 1763, as headquarters. George Rogers Clark set up a civil government . . . Map (db m142088) HM
36Illinois (St. Clair County), Cahokia — French-Colonial Home Site Of Jean Baptiste Hamelin
On East 1st Street, on the left when traveling east.
With this marker we honor Captain Jean Baptiste Hamelin and the citizens of Cahokia for their sacrifice, and the role they played in the American Revolutionary War. In the latter days of the Revolutionary War, both American and British had ambitions . . . Map (db m132349) HM
37Illinois (St. Clair County), Cahokia — Illinois in the American Revolution
On East 1st Street at Mississippi Avenue (Illinois Route 3), on the left when traveling east on East 1st Street.
George Rogers Clark captured Kaskaskia on the night of July 4-5, 1778, and then sent a small company under Captain Joseph Bowman northward to Cahokia. Bowman met no resistance from the French settlers along the way, and took possession of Cahokia on . . . Map (db m140497) HM
38Illinois (St. Clair County), Cahokia — Jarrot Mansion
On East 1st Street just east of Falling Springs Road, on the left when traveling west.
This landmark structure has withstood time, owners, and many different uses. It remains remarkably intact today. The Jarrot Mansion was completed in 1810 for Nicholas Jarrot, a native Frenchman who achieved prosperity through trade, land, and law in . . . Map (db m145034) HM
39Illinois (St. Clair County), Cahokia — Jarrot Mansion
On East 1st Street just east of Falling Springs Road, on the right when traveling east.
Major Nicholas Jarrot, 1764 - 1820, Frontier merchant prince, French Revolution refugee, built this Cahokia home, 1799 - 1806, for his American born wife, Julie St. Gemme de Beauvais, 1780 -1875, daughter of American Revolutionary patriots. . . . Map (db m145035) HM
40Illinois (St. Clair County), Cahokia — John Jacob Hays — (1770-1836)
On Elm Street at West 2nd Street on Elm Street.
John Jacob Hays was born in New York circa 1770. His family emigrated to North America from the Netherlands in 1720. The Hays family belongs to Congregation Shearith Israel, the oldest Jewish Congregation in the United States. John Jacob Hays . . . Map (db m140422) HM
41Illinois (St. Clair County), Cahokia — Lewis and Clark in Illinois
On East 1st Street at Church Street, on the left when traveling east on East 1st Street.
On December 7, 1803, William Clark and several recruits landed at Cahokia, a town of about 700 residents. Meriwether Lewis was on the road to St. Louis to meet with the Spanish Governor. Two local men, Nicholas Jarrot and John Hay, went with him as . . . Map (db m142124) HM
42Illinois (St. Clair County), Cahokia — Parks Air College
On East 1st Street at Church Street, on the left when traveling east on East 1st Street.
Parks Air College was founded in 1927 by visionary aviation pioneer Oliver Lafayette Parks (born Jun 10, 1899 & died Feb 1985) at Lambert Field in St. Louis, Missouri, in a rented hangar. A short time later "Lafe" Parks, as he was affectionately . . . Map (db m142694) HM
43Illinois (St. Clair County), Cahokia — Revolutionary War Memorial
On East 1st Street at Church Street, on the right when traveling east on East 1st Street.
Dedicated to the memory of the men and women of Cahokia who aide George Rogers Clark and his men in defeating the British from 1778 to 1780. Efforts of these patriots and veterans helped secure the territory north of the Ohio River and east of the . . . Map (db m171151) HM WM
44Illinois (St. Clair County), Cahokia — St. Louis Downtown Airport (Parks Airport)
On East 1st Street at Church Street, on the right when traveling west on East 1st Street.
In 1929 the airport opened as the Curtis-Steinberg Airport. It was developed by a business consortium that included Mark Steinberg - a St. Louis financier and Curtis Wright - the owner of an aircraft and engine manufacturing firm. The group's . . . Map (db m142879) HM
45Illinois (St. Clair County), Cahokia — The Grand Plan
On East 1st Street, on the left when traveling east.
In 1778 Governor Patrick Henry of Virginia commissioned George Rogers Clark to raise a force of volunteers and enter the Illinois country to stop the British-inspired Indian raids on the rear of the revolting American colonies. Clark raised a force . . . Map (db m142086) HM
46Illinois (St. Clair County), Cahokia — Veterans Memorial
On East 1st Street at Church Street, on the right when traveling east on East 1st Street.
Honoring all those who served their country in the United States Army, Navy, Air Force, and Marine Corps.Map (db m171144) WM
47Illinois (St. Clair County), Cahokia — Welcome To Historic Village of Cahokia
On Mississippi Avenue (Illinois Route 3) at Camp Jackson Road (Illinois Route 157), on the right when traveling north on Mississippi Avenue.
The historic town of Cahokia was founded by French-Canadian missionaries in 1699. It was the first European settlement on the Mississippi River and remains the oldest village existing on the river.Map (db m172553) HM
48Illinois (St. Clair County), Caseyville — Caseyville War Memorial
On South Long Street west of South Main Street (Illinois Route 157), on the right when traveling west.
Presented by VFW Post 1117 in memory of all of Caseyville deceased Veterans.Map (db m172681) WM
49Illinois (St. Clair County), Caseyville — Dedicated to the Men and Women of the United States
On Long Street at Wait Street, on the left when traveling north on Long Street.
Dedicated to the men and women of the United States who gave their lives in defense of their Country Ladies Auxiliary VFW Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States.Map (db m172688) WM
50Illinois (St. Clair County), Collinsville — Cahokia Mounds — The Road to America's Oldest City
On Ramey Drive 0.3 miles south of Collinsville Road, on the right when traveling south.
In 1806, President Thomas Jefferson signed legislation creating America's first federal highway. The National Road would join the bustling cities of the East to the resource-rich wilderness of the West, connecting state capitals, county seats, . . . Map (db m144040) HM
51Illinois (St. Clair County), Collinsville — Grand Plaza — Heart of the City
Near Ramey Street 0.2 miles south of Collinsville Road.
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 m147237) HM
52Illinois (St. Clair County), Collinsville — Mound 72 — Elite Burials and Ritual Sacrifice
Near Ramey Street 0.6 miles south of Collinsville Road, on the right when traveling south.
Archaeologists from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, led by Dr. Melvin Fowler, excavated about two-thirds of Mound 72 from 1967-1971. He selected this mound for excavation because: • It was along a hypothetical "centerline" of Cahokia • . . . Map (db m144597) HM
53Illinois (St. Clair County), Collinsville — You Are Walking Where a Cahokia Neighborhood Once Stood
On Ramey Street 0.3 miles south of Collinsville Road, on the right when traveling south.
Before starting construction on the Interpretive Center in 1988, archaeologists excavated for two years in this area and discovered evidence of residential use, including over 80 houses and storage buildings, and several hundred storage and . . . Map (db m151121) HM
54Illinois (St. Clair County), East Carondelet — Martin-Boismenue House
On Short Street, on the left when traveling west.
The Martin-Boismenue House is an excellent example of the architectural style known as French Creole. Few buildings of vertical timber construction remain, making the house one of the oldest structures of its kind in Illinois. It is believed that . . . Map (db m140474) HM
55Illinois (St. Clair County), East St. Louis — 19 — 1010 Pennsylvania Avenue — Remembering the 1917 East St. Louis Race Riot
On Pennsylvania Avenue at Katherine Dunham Place, on the right when traveling east on Pennsylvania Avenue.
Here stood the home of Malbern Stephens, a decent man who fought corruption. He was elected mayor after the riot and oversaw reparations to the victims.Map (db m142346) HM
56Illinois (St. Clair County), East St. Louis — 6 — 10th Street and Piggott Ave. — Remembering the 1917 East St. Louis Race Riot
On Piggott Avenue at South 10th Street, on the right when traveling south on Piggott Avenue.
Hundreds crossed the Municipal Free Bridge over to St. Louis to escape the violence. White rioters attempted to block the entrance, killing some.Map (db m142231) HM
57Illinois (St. Clair County), East St. Louis — 5 — 10th Street and Trendley Ave. — Remembering the 1917 East St. Louis Race Riot
On South 10th Street at Trendley Avenue, on the left when traveling east on South 10th Street.
White rioters attempted to push their violence past 10th Street, but snipers were ready and fired shots. Rioters retreated, but there was still much damage.Map (db m142227) HM
58Illinois (St. Clair County), East St. Louis — 2 — 1700 Bond Avenue — Remembering the 1917 East St. Louis Race Riot
On Dr. M R Lemons Boulevard at Bond Avenue, on the left when traveling west on Dr. M R Lemons Boulevard.
Dr. Leroy Bundy lived here. He was a community leader in 1917. He stood trial and was found guilty of causing the riot. He was sentenced to life in prison. He was later exonerated by the Illinois Supreme Court.Map (db m142225) HM
59Illinois (St. Clair County), East St. Louis — 21 — 621 N. 9th Street — Remembering the 1917 East St. Louis Race Riot
On North 9th Street just south of Pennsylvania Avenue, on the right when traveling west.
Marcus Garvey blamed the massacre on Mayor Fred Mollman, who lived at this site. The mayor was incompetent and was indicted for not doing his duty.Map (db m142460) HM
60Illinois (St. Clair County), East St. Louis — 7 — 700 East Broadway — Remembering the 1917 East St. Louis Race Riot
On East Broadway (Illinois Route 15) at North 7th Street, on the right when traveling east on East Broadway.
The Broadway "Opera House" was an empty theater on this site. It was rumored that many African Americans were burned to death inside. No remains were identified in the ashes.Map (db m142238) HM
61Illinois (St. Clair County), East St. Louis — 18 — Collinsville at St. Louis Avenue — Remembering the 1917 East St. Louis Race Riot
On Collinsville Avenue at St. Louis Avenue, on the right when traveling east on Collinsville Avenue.
Here is where the white rioters assembled, listened to inflammatory speeches, and marched in military formation toward East Broadway. The first victim was harmed here.Map (db m142344) HM
62Illinois (St. Clair County), East St. Louis — Lewis and Clark in Illinois
On S Front St at Riverpark Drive, on the right when traveling north on S Front St.
On December 10, 1803 Meriwether Lewis, William Clark and their party camped at this place opposite St. Louis. The next morning, Clark left Lewis in St. Louis before heading upstream towards a winter campsite. They would spend five months in Illinois . . . Map (db m132646) HM
63Illinois (St. Clair County), East St. Louis — Malcolm W. Martin Memorial Park
On West Trendley Avenue east of South Front Street, on the right when traveling west.
On June 7th, 2005, Gateway Center of Metropolitan St. Louis officially transferred the title of the Gateway Geyser and the 34.1 acres of grounds leading from the fountain to the Mississippi River to the Metro East Park and Recreation District . . . Map (db m132873) HM
64Illinois (St. Clair County), East St. Louis — Mississippi River Overlook
On West Trendley Avenue east of South Front Street, on the right when traveling west.
The Mississippi River Overlook was completed in the spring of 2009 thanks to the support of the Gateway Center of Metropolitan St. Louis, which raised $4.2 million to fully fund its development. It was designed to anchor the western edge of the . . . Map (db m132874) HM
65Illinois (St. Clair County), East St. Louis — 23 — N. 13th St. and Nectar Ave. — Remembering the 1917 East St. Louis Race Riot
On Nectar Avenue at North 14th Street, on the left when traveling east on Nectar Avenue.
A dozen houses were destroyed here. It was two miles from the massacre's core and is the farthest point north that the violence spread.Map (db m142518) HM
66Illinois (St. Clair County), East St. Louis — 24 — N. 18th St. and Parsons Ave. — Remembering the 1917 East St. Louis Race Riot
On North 18th Street at Parsons Avenue, on the left when traveling north on North 18th Street.
Several homes were burned here, but fatalities were few. Many African Americans were alerted to the trouble by this time and fled the neighborhood.Map (db m142520) HM
67Illinois (St. Clair County), East St. Louis — 17 — N. 3rd St. and Missouri Ave. — Remembering the 1917 East St. Louis Race Riot
On North 3rd Street at Missouri Avenue, on the left when traveling west on North 3rd Street.
Near this site was the City Hall, police department and fire station. On the night of the massacre, more than 1,000 people sought safety in the municipal buildings.Map (db m142338) HM
68Illinois (St. Clair County), East St. Louis — 16 — N. 4th St. and Division Ave. — Remembering the 1917 East St. Louis Race Riot
On North 4th Street just north of East Broadway (Illinois Route 15), on the right when traveling east.
Narsis Gurlie lived near this spot. She stayed in her burning home until it collapsed. Severely burned, she and others fled. She was allowed to escape, but she lost everything.Map (db m142320) HM
69Illinois (St. Clair County), East St. Louis — 20 — N. 9th St. & St. Clair Ave. — Remembering the 1917 East St. Louis Race Riot
On North 9th Street at St. Clair Avenue (Illinois Route 3), on the right when traveling east on North 9th Street.
On May 28, 1917, whites set fires and accosted African Americans around St. Clair Avenue. Authorities dispersed the rioters, but the troubles were not over.Map (db m142936) HM
70Illinois (St. Clair County), East St. Louis — 22 — N. 9th St. and Gross Ave. — Remembering the 1917 East St. Louis Race Riot
On North 13th Street at Gross Avenue, on the right when traveling east on North 13th Street.
Around 11 p.m. on July 2, rioters set fire to the neighborhood here in an attempt to spread the violence to the north. Major military reinforcements did not arrive until after midnight.Map (db m142464) HM
71Illinois (St. Clair County), East St. Louis — 14 — S. 4th St. and E. Broadway — Remembering the 1917 East St. Louis Race Riot
On East Broadway (Illinois Route 15) at Barack Obama Avenue, on the right when traveling south on East Broadway.
This intersection is where the height of brutal violence occurred. Many people died here, and their remains left for hours.Map (db m142318) HM
72Illinois (St. Clair County), East St. Louis — 15 — S. 4th St. and E. Broadway — Remembering the 1917 East St. Louis Race Riot
On East Broadway (Illinois Route 15) at Barack Obama Avenue, on the right when traveling south on East Broadway.
A streetcar was stopped near this spot. White rioters pulled African American passengers off and attacked them while soldiers stood and watched.Map (db m142319) HM
73Illinois (St. Clair County), East St. Louis — 13 — S. 4th St. and Railroad Ave. — Remembering the 1917 East St. Louis Race Riot
On Barack Obama Avenue at Railroad Avenue, on the right when traveling north on Barack Obama Avenue.
Here stood the residence of Scott and Iva Clark. Rioters burned their home, and a mob attacked them. A soldier did not protect them. Mr. Clark died.Map (db m142317) HM
74Illinois (St. Clair County), East St. Louis — 12 — S. 5th St. and Railroad Ave. — Remembering the 1917 East St. Louis Race Riot
On South 5th Street at Railroad Avenue when traveling north on South 5th Street.
The most severe property damage happened here. Houses and rail cars on the adjacent tracks were destroyed by the rioters. Very little remained standing in this area.Map (db m142286) HM
75Illinois (St. Clair County), East St. Louis — 11 — S. 6th St. and Railroad Ave. — Remembering the 1917 East St. Louis Race Riot
On Railroad Avenue 0.1 miles east of South 5th Street, on the right when traveling north.
Over 100 African Americans barricaded in two homes here. They provided armed resistance to the white attackers. Soldiers brokered a cease fire and escorted them to St. Louis.Map (db m142285) HM
76Illinois (St. Clair County), East St. Louis — 10 — S. 8th St. and Brady Ave. — Remembering the 1917 East St. Louis Race Riot
On South 8th Street at James R Thompson Boulevard, on the left when traveling east on South 8th Street.
White rioters burned homes, armed men stood along the railroad tracks near here and gunned-down African Americans fleeing their burning homes.Map (db m142282) HM
77Illinois (St. Clair County), East St. Louis — 8 — S. 8th St. and E. Broadway — Remembering the 1917 East St. Louis Race Riot
On North 8th Street (Illinois Route 15) at East Broadway (Illinois Route 15), on the right when traveling west on North 8th Street.
Otto Nelson lived here, the only African American detective on the police force. His home was destroyed and he fled to St. Louis.Map (db m142239) HM
78Illinois (St. Clair County), East St. Louis — The Gateway Geyser
On West Trendley Avenue west of South Main Street, on the right when traveling west.
One of the tallest fountains in the world, the Gateway Geyser began operating on May 27, 1995, helping to fulfill Malcolm W. Martin's vision of creating a landmark in East St. Louis that would complement the Gateway Arch. The Gateway Geyser was . . . Map (db m132872) HM
79Illinois (St. Clair County), East St. Louis — 1 — Truelight Baptist Church — Remembering the 1917 East St. Louis Race Riot
On South 16th Street at Tudor Avenue, on the right when traveling east on South 16th Street.
The bell of this church rang out about 11p.m. on July 1, 1917, as both a warning and a call to arms. Trouble was brewing.Map (db m142222) HM
80Illinois (St. Clair County), East St. Louis — York — Lewis & Clark Expedition — 1803-1806 —
On South Front Street at Riverpark Drive, on the right when traveling north on South Front Street.
York, as Clark's Body Slave, was an active voting member of the expedition. Described as big, very dark, strong, agile, athletic, and playful. York was known as "Big Medison" to Native Americans. From near this site he often paddled Lewis and Clark . . . Map (db m132875) HM
81Illinois (St. Clair County), Fairmont City — Fairmont City — The Road to America
On North 44th Street south of Collinsville Road, on the right when traveling north.
Between 1880 and 1920, nearly 24 million immigrants arrived in the United States. Many found work in the mines, mills, and factories of America's rapidly expanding industrial sector. In 1913 American Zinc, Lead and Smelting Company established . . . Map (db m167916) HM
82Illinois (St. Clair County), Fairmont City — The Fairmont City Library Center
On Collinsville Road at North 44th Street, on the right when traveling east on Collinsville Road.
2004 - The Collinsville Memorial Library dissolved the municipal library service in the city limits of Collinsville, IL and created a District Library. 2006 - The Collinsville Memorial Library expanded its boundaries through a successful . . . Map (db m167904) HM
83Illinois (St. Clair County), Freeburg — The Mississippi Bubble
On Illinois Route 15, on the right when traveling west.
"They related that there are mines of gold and silver.... There is reason to believe that the French who will settle among the Illinois Indians will make all these rich discoveries when the colony becomes more thickly populated." Thus, John Law, . . . Map (db m143282) HM
84Illinois (St. Clair County), Freeburg — Veterans Memorial
On West White Street at North Monroe Street, on the right when traveling west on West White Street.
In honor of our veterans both living and dead, who faithfully served in Peacetime and war so that we may liver free. Pause here to reflect on their strength, their courage and their character and remember our P.O.W.'s and M.I.A. God Bless America . . . Map (db m170676) WM
85Illinois (St. Clair County), Hecker — Winstanley Settlement — Prairie Du Long, Illinois
On Cemetery Road 0.3 miles north of Illinois Route 156, on the left when traveling north.
Around 1816 pioneer families from Lancashire England established a Catholic English settlement near the banks of the Prairie Du Long Creek, and named it after their leader Thomas Winstanley, Irish and German immigrants arrived later in 1824 a log . . . Map (db m143511) HM
86Illinois (St. Clair County), Lebanon — Mermaid House Hotel — Built 1830 by Retired Sea Captain Lyman Adams
On East St. Louis Street (U.S. 50), on the right when traveling east.
Visited by Charles Dickens in 1842 - mentioned in his book American NotesMap (db m143286) HM
87Illinois (St. Clair County), Lebanon — The Deneen Family
On Stanton Street, on the right when traveling south.
On this site stood the home of the Deneen family long associated with the history of McKendree College -- Rev. William L. Deneen; Professor Samuel H. Deneen; and Charles S. Deneen, Governor of Illinois, 1905-1913, and US Senator, 1925-1931. They . . . Map (db m143284) HM
88Illinois (St. Clair County), Marissa — Dedicated to Coal Miners of Southern Illinois
On South Main Street at East Keys Street, on the right when traveling south on South Main Street.
Dedicated to Coal Miners of Southern Illinois, August 12 1990. Papa dug coal from deep in the hearth to earn a living. He dressed for work when everyone else went to bed. He wore faded denims and steel-toe shoes and he walked a mile to his job . . . Map (db m170688) HM
89Illinois (St. Clair County), Marissa — Marissa Academy
On South Main Street at East Harding Street, on the right when traveling south on South Main Street.
Founded 1886 Built 1891 A Landmark House 1976 National Register of Historic Places 1994 In Memory of M. Alberta Hamilton Map (db m170684) HM
90Illinois (St. Clair County), Mascoutah — Illinois Remembers POW/MIA
LTC Donald Parsons, Sparta Capt Roger Partington, Sparta SSG Oral Terry, MascoutahMap (db m96039) WM
91Illinois (St. Clair County), Mascoutah — Jenkins Publishing Company — Historic Site
On West Main Street (Illinois Route 177) at South 4th Street, on the right when traveling east on West Main Street.
Built in 1859 Jenkins Publishing Company (1936 - 2003)Map (db m171426) HM
92Illinois (St. Clair County), Mascoutah — Robert E Hullium
On East Church Street east of North Independence Street, on the right when traveling east.
In memory of Robert E. Hulliung who died for his country in World War II and Nick J Hulliung his father a member & benefactor of the parish Map (db m171429) WM
93Illinois (St. Clair County), Mascoutah — To Honor Those Who Served Our Country — Honor, Courage, Sacrifice
On West Main Street (Illinois Route 177) at Legion Street, on the right when traveling east on West Main Street.
To memorialize those who did not return Clarence V. Scheel, KIA, WWI • Oscar T Scheel, KIA, WWI • Erwin J Mueth, KIA, WWII • Paul J. Nadler, KIA, WWII • Paul J. Schramke, KIA, WWII • Harry J Becker, KIA, WWII • Joseph A. Haas, . . . Map (db m171487) WM
94Illinois (St. Clair County), Mascoutah — U.S. Center of Population 1970-1980
On West Main Street (Illinois Route 177) just west of North Railway Street, on the right when traveling west.
On May 16, 1971 Secretary of Commerce Maurice H. Stans dedicated this standard marking the center of population of the United States. The 1970 decennial census established this center at latitude 38 degrees 27 minutes 47 seconds north and . . . Map (db m143349) HM
95Illinois (St. Clair County), Millstadt — Liederkranz — Willkommen Sόngerbrόder
On North Jefferson Street (Illinois Route 163) just north of West Gooding Street, on the left when traveling north.
On this site stood Liederkranz Hall home of the Millstadt Liederkranz, a German singing society. Founded on June 23, 1883. The building was dedicated on September 18, 1892. It embodied the life, spirit and culture of this community for 104 years. . . . Map (db m171095) HM
96Illinois (St. Clair County), Millstadt — Log Cabin
On Kalbfleisch Drive east of Saeger Road, on the right when traveling east.
This log cabin, circa 1840, was donated by the Harold Hoylman family. It was moved to this site and restored by the Millstadt Historical Society 2007.Map (db m153290) HM
97Illinois (St. Clair County), Millstadt — Millstadt Crusaders — Drum & Bugle Corps — 1946 to 1969 —
On West Gooding Street at North Monroe Street, on the right when traveling west on West Gooding Street.
Dedicated to the young men and women of the Millstadt Crusaders Drum & Bugle Corps. They diligently practiced on this field of their dreams to learn the value of discipline, execution, responsibility and respect. Through the support of the . . . Map (db m171102) HM
98Illinois (St. Clair County), Millstadt — Veterans Memorial
On South Jefferson Street at East White Street, on the right when traveling north on South Jefferson Street.
Dedicated to the Veterans of all warsMap (db m170670) WM
99Illinois (St. Clair County), Millstadt — Veterans of Foreign Wars — Millstadt Post 7980 — "Lest we forget." —
On South Veterans Drive at South Illinois Street (Illinois Route 158), on the right when traveling south on South Veterans Drive.
This M-47 Patton Tank is place here as a memorial to all veterans who served the United States of America during times of need. Let it stand as a constant reminder of the dedication, honor and pride shown by the devoted veterans and the lives . . . Map (db m170665) WM
100Illinois (St. Clair County), New Athens — Honor
On North Johnson Street at Chester Street, on the right when traveling east on North Johnson Street.
(obelisk) Erected by the citizens of New Athens as loving tribute to its loyal sons, who answered the call for their country defense on land and on sea during The Mexican War 1846—1848 The Civil War 1861—1865 The Spanish . . . Map (db m170693) WM

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