27-Apr-2001 -- Visited by Rick and Anna Smeltzer
27-April-2001 –This confluence, 38 north 90 west is located near Ellis
Grove, Illinois in Randolph County near the junction of the Kaskaskia River
with the Mississippi. It is also located near the town of Kaskaskia, the
first capital of Illinois (see 39N 089W).
Kaskasia, Illinois was founded by the French in the 1700’s. For more than a
century, it was the commercial and cultural capital of Illinois. Little of
the city remains today, although it was once a prosperous and thriving
settlement. Today, Kaskasia is located on the Missouri (west) side of the
Mississippi due to the river cutting it off.
The confluence is located just to the side of a road along a slough.
Photograph one is looking southeast from the confluence. To the left is the
tree line of the slough. Pictures two and three are looking due west and
southwest respectively from the confluence at the farmland. Picture four is
looking down the bank at the slough near the confluence. Picture five is the
obligatory GPS receiver. Picture six is of Lock and Dam #6 on the Kaskaskia
River just before its junction with the Mississippi.