So Illinois Massacre History – Part 1: Indians and Settlers, Sat. Aug. 20
Southern Illinois Massacre History (Part 1 Frontier Illinois) will cover both the historic, and pre-historic, tales of love, hate, war and peace along the frontier of Jackson, Franklin, Perry, and Randolph counties from first few decades of the 1800s on back to time immortal. From river piracy and Indian massacres at Tower Rock and the Devil’s Backbone, to the lives and struggles of Chief Jean Baptiste Ducoigne and his band of Kaskaskia Indians who called this region home. The tour will include Grand Tower, the French colony at Kaskaskia (also Illinois’ territorial capital), the Silkwood Inn near Mulkeytown with its connection to the Cherokee Trail of Tears and the Townmount Church location outside of West Frankfort where the Kaskaskia and Shawnee fought a running battle along the Shawneetown and Kaskaskia Trail.
The tour will include stops at the Mississippi River Museum in Grand Tower, the Liberty Bell of the West historic site at Kaskaskia, Island, and the Silkwood Inn, as well as a delicious sit-down lunch in Chester at Jodie’s Ol’ Farmhouse Restaurant. Southern Illinois historian Jon Musgrave along with local guides, will lead the trek through Southern Illinois’ history. He is author of multiple books including, “Slaves, Salt, Sex & Mr. Crenshaw” about the Old Slave House, and “Inside the Shelton Gang” and “Secrets of the Herrin Gangs” concerning the region’s colorful Prohibition Era history.
Meeting place to depart will be at the SIU Arena Parking Lot. We will leave promptly at 8:30 am.