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Historical Markers and War Memorials in Collinsville, Illinois

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1Illinois (Madison County), Collinsville — American Legion Post 365 Veterans Memorial
Dedicated to veterans of all warsMap (db m169643) WM
2Illinois (Madison County), Collinsville — Brooks Catsup Bottle Water Tower
This property has been placed on the National Register of Historic Places by the United States Department of the Interior 2002Map (db m188713) HM
3Illinois (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 m151122) HM
4Illinois (Madison County), Collinsville — Called to Duty — "Greater love hath no man …" John 15:13 — "Lest we Forget!"
Modern Era - War on Terror M4A1 Carbine Curly The kneeling soldier statue represents the homage given to fellow warriors and "Fallen Heroes," past and present, as he or she is "Called to Duty". WWII - Korean . . . Map (db m169639) HM WM
5Illinois (Madison County), Collinsville — City of Collinstown Uptown Tour
The Oatman House 501 East Main Street This Carpenter Gothic Revival home warrants notice for the pointed arch windows and the "gingerbread" trim. The square nails used in its construction give a clue to its age. The patents on the . . . Map (db m169646) HM
6Illinois (Madison County), Collinsville — Civil War Memorial
Erected to the memory of Civil War Veterans 1861 - 1856Map (db m169647) WM
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7Illinois (Madison County), Collinsville — Collinsville — Main Street of America
Imagine Main Street in the early 1900s. Horses pull supply wagons stocked with fruits, vegetables, and dry goods to shops facing the thoroughfare. Trolleys bounce and clang as they trundle down rails at the street's center. Bicyclists weave between . . . Map (db m144068) HM
8Illinois (Madison County), Collinsville — Collinsville Masonic Temple
National Register of Historic Places, Erected A.D. 1912, Lodge 712 A.F. & A.M.Map (db m169658) HM
9Illinois (Madison County), Collinsville — Dedicated to the Glory of God and to the Veterans of all Wars
Dedicated to the glory of God and to the veterans of all wars, Leighton Evatt Post 365 The American LegionMap (db m187684) WM
10Illinois (Madison County), Collinsville — Glenwood Cemetery
This cemetery was the original burial place for the first settlers of the Collinsville community. It was donated by the first settler, William B. Collins. Since there were no city officials then, it was deeded to the care of the trustees of the . . . Map (db m169485) HM
11Illinois (Madison County), Collinsville — In Memoriam
Korean War Eldon Doyle Vietnam Conflict Randall David Dalton • David Kell Dematteis • Leonard Monroe Gillespie • Charles Bernard Lankford • Albert Roy Lorenz • David Paul Meyer • Richard Lynn Moore • Donald Louis . . . Map (db m169654) WM
12Illinois (Madison County), Collinsville — In Memoriam — World War Dead — 1917 - 1918 —
Howard H. Bailey • Ben. M. Borgars • James G. Dukes • Michael Evanko • Leighton Evatt • George W. Ganninger • Albert Hadfield • Andrew Karvelat • August Karvelat, Jr. • Eugene Kohler • Andrew Pinson • Frank Quatto • . . . Map (db m169655) WM
13Illinois (Madison County), Collinsville — In Memoriam — World War II Dead
Charles Anthony Ady, Jr. • Charles John Ashmann • Peter Paul Baudino • Jesse James Beaver • Carlisle Burnell Bowers • Robert Brancaglione • Leon Bryant • Ray Vernon Castiaux • Herbert Fendrick Chinn • Arnold Harold Cline • . . . Map (db m169657) WM
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14Illinois (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
15Illinois (Madison County), Collinsville — Navy Memorial
Dedicated to the men and women of the United States NavyMap (db m169642) WM
16Illinois (Madison County), Collinsville — Pan
Carl Christian Mose (1903-1973), instructor of modeling at the School of Fine Arts at Washington University was commissioned to design and construct the center piece for the Dorris Fountain in March of 1938. A youthful terra cotta figure of . . . Map (db m148774) HM
17Illinois (Madison County), Collinsville — Robert Prager Lynching Site
On April 5, 1918, German immigrant Robert Prager was hanged by a mob at this site. Prager's lynching was the high-water mark of the anti-immigrant and anti-German hysteria that gripped the nation during World War I. Persecution in the guise of . . . Map (db m151267) HM
18Illinois (Madison County), Collinsville — Spanish War Veterans — 1898 - 1902
Charles L. Carney, 4th TX Infantry • Everett G. Drake, Hospital Corps • Hiram J. Hood, 17th U.S. Infantry • T.A. Riggin, 2nd U.S. Cavalry • Ernest H. Isom, 9th IL Infantry • John F. Tobnick, 3rd U.S. Artillery • Henry Pausch, 5th MO . . . Map (db m169648) WM
19Illinois (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
20Illinois (Madison County), Collinsville — The 1937 Main Building
In October 15, 1915 the President of the Collinsville Study Club (now the Woman's Club) appointed a library project committee. The library opened its doors on August 26, 1916 with a single bookcase of some three or four shelves. The City Council . . . Map (db m148710) HM
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21Illinois (Madison County), Collinsville — The 1960's Additions to the Library Building
History of the 1962-63 wing The East wing of the Collinsville Memorial Library was built in 1962-63. The addition was designed by Albert R. Goedde, assistant to J.W. Kennedy on the original design. The wing was built at a cost of $43,000 . . . Map (db m148776) HM
22Illinois (Madison County), Collinsville — The 1986 Additions to the Library Building
History of the 1985-86 wing In 1985-86 the four story 16,800 square foot south wing including a 3,479 square foot meeting room was added to the Collinsville Memorial Library. Robert Field was the architect. In 1983 the City Council of . . . Map (db m148771) HM
23Illinois (Madison County), Collinsville — The Blum House
Pre-1997 The Blum House located at 414 West Main Street in Collinsville is a home closely connected with one of the town's most well known industries. Two of the three generations of the Blum family who operated the internationally known . . . Map (db m142974) HM
24Illinois (Madison County), Collinsville — The Collinsville Historical Museum
In 1975 as a bicentennial project, Irving Dilliard and Lucille Stehman founded the Friends of the Collinsville Historical Museum. This organization formed around the artifacts of the Collins family trunk which had been acquired by Mr. . . . Map (db m148711) HM
25Illinois (Madison County), Collinsville — The D.D. Collins House
Built circa 1845 by Daniel Dove Collins (1814-1892) for his bride Elizabeth M. Anderson (1826-1902), the Collins House is an example of Greek revival architecture. As the first president of the Collinsville village board, Collins held board meetings . . . Map (db m144010) HM
26Illinois (Madison County), Collinsville — The Dorris Fountain
The fountain in front of the Main Entrance of the Collinsville Memorial Public Library was dedicated on May 25, 1938 in honor to Charles H. Dorris by the teachers and students of the Collinsville Unit 10 School District in which he served as the . . . Map (db m148773) HM
27Illinois (Madison County), Collinsville — The Freedom Tree
With the vision of Universal Freedom for all mankind this tree is dedicated to Lt. Col. Donald L. Rissi and all Prisoners of War and Missing in ActionMap (db m169652) WM
28Illinois (Madison County), Collinsville — The Magnolia Tree
In March 1966 the 76 year old Magnolia Tree planted by the late Theodore Ambrosius was moved from its original site on Clay Street to the front lawn of the Collinsville Memorial Library. The tree was scheduled to be taken down from the . . . Map (db m148778) HM
29Illinois (Madison County), Collinsville — United States Airmen Memorial
In honor of all United States AirmenMap (db m169644) WM
30Illinois (Madison County), Collinsville — Veterans Memorial
World War I Bailey, H. • Borgars, B. • Dukes, J. • Evanko, J. • Evatt, L. • Ganniger, G. • Hadfield, A. • Karvelet, A. Sr. • Karvelet, A. • Kohler, F. • Pinson, A. • Quatto, F. • Rissi, B. • Snadden, J. • . . . Map (db m169637) WM
31Illinois (Madison County), Collinsville — Veterans Memorial
In memory & honor of all veteransMap (db m169641) WM
32Illinois (Madison County), Collinsville — Veterans Memorial
In memory & honor of all veteransMap (db m169645) WM
33Illinois (Madison County), Collinsville — Willoughby Family Legacy — Willoughby Heritage Farm and Conservation Reserve
Joseph "Boss" Willoughby and his wife Hannah purchased this property around 1922 and ran a family-sustained farm for over 70 years. In its heyday, the farm included pigs, chickens, cattle, an orchard with fruit and nut trees, and a large flower and . . . Map (db m202463) HM
34Illinois (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
35Illinois (St. Clair County), Collinsville — Cahokia Mounds — The Road to America's Oldest City
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
36Illinois (St. Clair 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 m147237) HM
37Illinois (St. Clair County), Collinsville — Interpretive Center Track
Prior to the construction of the Interpretive Center, excavations revealed the location of over 80 structures and hundreds of pits and postholes. Careful analysis of the materials showed how this neighborhood changed from AD 1000-1200. House basins . . . Map (db m187687) HM
38Illinois (St. Clair County), Collinsville — Mound 72 — Elite Burials and Ritual Sacrifice
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
39Illinois (St. Clair County), Collinsville — You Are Walking Where a Cahokia Neighborhood Once Stood
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
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Dec. 10, 2022