First White Child - Grand Tower, IL
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member YoSam.
N 37° 38.346 W 089° 30.696
16S E 278393 N 4168740
Quick Description: Lewis and Clark marker with strange information.
Location: Illinois, United States
Date Posted: 6/18/2014 2:45:33 AM
Waymark Code: WMKYZJ
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member Zork V
Views: 1

Long Description:

County of marker: Jackson County
Location of marker: Park Rd., Visitors Center, Devil's Back Bone State Park, Grand Tower
Marker erected by: Lewis and Clark Bicentennial Commission in conjunction with the Illinois Bureau of Tourism, the National Park Service, & the Jackson County Office of Tourism
Date marker erected: 2004

Marker text:

Lewis and Clark Expedition
1803 - 1806

Grand Towers
Captain William Boone, the nephew of the famous Daniel Boone, is thought to have been the first white settler in Jackson County, having arrived shortly after Lewis and Clark discovered Tower Rock. William Boone's son, Benningen was the first white child born in Jackson County. Other early white settlers included Colonel James Gill, who resided with his family and slaves near Devil's Bake Oven. He was a farmer and owned and operated a ferry boat, which established the area as an important Mississippi River crossing point.

FIRST - Classification Variable: Person or Group

Date of FIRST: 1/1/1807

More Information - Web URL: [Web Link]

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