Shawnee National Forest
We live with in the hills of the forest. Surrounded by its beautiful landscape, the animals that roam around with in it, and the people who have lived here all their lives, The forest covers 280,000 acres
There are 9 separate counties that are included in its acreage. As well as 7 designated wilderness area’s you can visit and, hike, camp, and much more.
It is Government protected, to remove anything from this forest you have to get a permit, there are somethings that they will let you have but few, This is for preservation purposes. Which we adhere to strictly in our area, we love the forest and enjoy its many attractions.
The different flowers and tree’s, the white tail deer’s and the fox’es, as well as the Birds’ and other critters that come into the yard during the day. If you enjoy this type of life then you will love it here.
I researched this on Wiki, have been doing this research for many years, visited many websites, hiked several trails, and talked to many people of the small surrounding town’s. The People are very private, and it takes’s them awhile to get use to new comers, but one thing is for sure, If they trust you, then you have made New Friend’s
Laurentide ICE Sheet is very fascinating reading, to know that it was the thaw of these ice sheet’s that actually created the area we see, and enjoy today, beginning Thousand of years ago. And progressing to now, The landscape changes with every day that passes, rain, wind and time, in the earlier days the government went in, and planted trees, and foliage to keep the soil from eroding, but the heat and rain, along with the wind, have changed some of the rock formation, the stones have broken or fallen, but still it is picturesque, and in the passing of time, with the trees have grown so that what you could once see from the roadside, as you drove by, has made it hard to see now.
The forestry still takes care of the park’s and forest area’s, keeping them safe for people to visit, adding rock pathway’s, and building small bridges across areas’s that wouldn’t be passable. Like in the Garden of the God’s.
National Forest Got Its Name (Shawanoese)
Tecumseh was the Indian chief who died in 1813 in the Battle of the Thames, where he fought with the British against the United States, His tribe was the Shawnee (Shawanoese) Indian’s, who were native to this area before the settlers came, The Shawnee National Forest was named after this tribe.
There is a statue of Tecumseh that visitors can see at Glen-O-Jones lake. located at the base of the hill’s, that leads up to Garden of the God’s.
The plaque that stands with him in honor of his Tribe, I wanted it to be big enoughso you could red the writing on it, they call Tecumseh a legend.
The First Settlers to Cross the River
There names were Major James Lusk, and his wife Sarah McElwaine Lusk, In 1797 the couple with a party of 34 Mostly children were making their way to what they thought to be their promise land. Read more here
I have looked for pictures of the pair but to no avail, from what I understand Mrs. Sarah Lusk was a very strong lady, living in the wilderness and even taken over the ferry business after her husband died, the town of Golconda Il was once named Sarahville, as you go on to read her strength dwindled down after remarrying, but her legend lives on.
Pope County Historical Museum
Although I am not sure if they are still operating, you can visit there page to see more about the museum
My research will continue and as it progress over time I will tell you more about this amazing area we live in. So check back often to see new pictures ney place and new Faces of Southern Illinois. My journey begins again.
Shawnee National Forest, and the Surrounding
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