Fort de Chartres, Revisited


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We made it back to Fort DeChartres, which is mostly a restoration. It was cloudy the last time, so it was much sunnier this time.

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It’s so interesting to see such European fortifications in the middle of America, but it points to the importance the Mississippi Valley was to the French Empire in the 18th Century.

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Below, the heavily restored magazine, supposedly the oldest stone building in Illinois.

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2 Responses

  1. Doug Hymer

    05/19/2014, 03:47 pm

    This is right up my ally of interest. Where is this located at? I would love to make this a day trip.

    • Chris Naffziger

      05/19/2014, 10:45 pm

      It’s located down in Prairie de Rocher, Illinois–about an hour and a half from St. Louis. Other cool French colonial stuff to see in the vicinity of the fort.


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