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Fort Lamotte & Fort Foot - Palestine, IL
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member YoSam.
N 38° 59.977 W 087° 36.167
16S E 447803 N 4316906
Quick Description: Two forts built to provide safe haven from the Indians of 1812
Location: Illinois, United States
Date Posted: 6/14/2014 7:28:53 AM
Waymark Code: WMKYB6
Published By: Groundspeak Regular Member Math Teacher
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Long Description:
Couny of forst: Crawford County
Location of Fort Lamotte: Leaverton St. & LaMotte St., 1 blk. N. of cemetery, Palestine
Location of Fort Foot: IL-33, west city limits, Palestine
Markers erected by: The Citizens of Palestine and The Illinois State Historical Society
Date markers erected: 1962

Marker text:

About 1812, the settlers in this area built Fort LaMotte for protection from hostile Indians. The pioneers farmed the adjoining land but stayed within easy reach of the protective walls. After the War of 1812 the Indian threat diminished and the inhabitants of the fort became the nucleus of Palestine.

Plans to build a replica of the fort Old Fort Lamotte

About 1813 the William Eaton family and other restless pioneers considered Fort LaMotte too crowded and therefore constructed a new stockade on a site several hundred yards north of here. A family trait of the Eatons, large feet, led to the name of Fort Foot.

Fort Foot location is: N 39° 00.428 W 078° 37.431

Date Erected/Dedicated: 1962

Who put it there? Private/Government?: The Citizens of Palestine and The Illinois State Historical Society

Leaverton St. & LaMotte St.,
1 blk. N. of cemetery,
Palestine, IL USA

County/Province: Crawford County

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