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18372--Illinois River and Valley from Starved Rock, New State Park, Ill.
18372--Illinois River and Valley from Starved Rock, New State Park, Ill.
Resource Typeimage
Title18372--Illinois River and Valley from Starved Rock, New State Park, Ill.
Coverage / YearIllinois River
DescriptionBlack and white stereograph slide showing the Illinois River.
InterpretationText on the back of the slide reads as follows: 'ILLINOIS RIVER AND VALLEY FROM STARVED ROCK, LA SALLE COUNTY, ILL.' The Illinois River is the most important stream whose course lies wholly within the state. It is formed by the junction of the Kankakee and Des Plaines rivers at the eastern border of Grundy County. From here it flows westward for 50 miles, then southwesterly for 300 miles to its junction with the Mississippi River about 40 miles above St. Louis. About one-half of the state lies within the drainage basin of the Illinois River. We have before us a picturesque view of the Illinois Valley as seen from Starved Rock. In the distance, to the right, is the village of Utica. Within the limits of this view, on the opposite side of the river, is the site of the ancient Indian village Kaskaskia, first visited by white men in 1673 when Joliet and Marquette made their way across the state Lat 41 19' N.; Long. 88 59' with along the Illinois River. This was the Indian village to which Marquette returned as a missionary in 1675. Later, the Kaskaskia Indians, accompanied by the early French, moved down the Illinois and Mississippi rivers and settled on the American Bottoms at the mouth of the Kaskaskia River. Thus the name Kaskaskia in early colonial history was applied to two places in Illinois more than 300 miles apart. Starved Rock, the edge of which appears in the immediate foreground, rises 120 feet above the river. It is the site of Ft. St. Louis established by La Salle in 1683. Starved Rock State Park consists of more than 1, 000 acres along the south side of the Illinois River.
Lesson Plans / ThemesFrench in Illinois; Communities and Geography; Native American Stories
Learning Standards17 Geography; 16 History; 15 Economics; 18 Social Systems;
Author or CreatorUnknown
Other ContributorsKeystone View Company
SourceCarl Sandburg Collection, UIUC Rare Book and Special Collections Library
Subject / KeywordsIllinois River; Starved Rock State Park, Illinois; Kaskaskia Indians; Marquette, Pere Jacques, 1636-1675; Joliet, Louis, 1645-1700; Indians of North America
Collection PublisherUIUC Rare Book & Special Collections Library;
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Rights Management Statement
Resource IdentifierIllRiver
CONTENTdm file name39047191352002_IllRiver.jpg
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