Fort Kaskaskia State Historic Site

Fort Kaskaskia State Historic Site Fort Kaskaskia State Historic Site Fort Kaskaskia State Historic Site
Fort Kaskaskia State Historic Site
4372 Park Rd Ellis Grove, Illinois 62241

618-859-3741

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Fort Kaskaskia State Historic Site preserves the time-worn earthen remains of Fort Kaskaskia, constructed by the French ca. 1759 to defend the town of Kaskaskia. Founded in 1703, the town was for more than a century the region’s principal commercial center, also serving from 1818 to 1820 as the first capital of Illinois. The small fort, containing only a three-room barrack and a kitchen, was apparently never fully completed. The fort was periodically occupied by French or U.S. troops until 1807 and sheltered local settlers during Indian scares rising from the War of 1812. A scenic overlook offers views of the Mississippi and Kaskaskia Rivers, and of Old Kaskaskia.

 



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