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Kaskaskia, Illinois, USA - 1854 - Kaskaskia


Kaskaskia, a handsome post-village of Randolph county, Illinois, is finely situated on the right or W. bank of the Kaskaskia river, about 2 miles E. from the Mississippi river, and 142 miles S. from Springfield. It has the distinction of being the oldest town in Illinois, or perhaps in the whole Western States, having been settled by the French about the year 1073. It was the first capital of the territory, and retained that rank until 1818. The Kaskaskia river is a fine navigable stream. The village contains a United States land-office and a Catholic chapel.


A New and Complete Gazetteer of the United States: Giving a Full and Comprehensive Review of the Present Condition, Industry, and Resources of the American Confederacy ... Thomas Baldwin (of Philadelphia.) Joseph Thomas January 1, 1854 Philadelphia : Lippincott, Grambo & Company 1854.

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