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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 m196821) HM
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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