Category Archives: Forts

Fort Massac

I noticed Fort Massac the previous time I was in Metropolis — about 23 years ago — and have ever since had it in the back of my mind to return. So naturally, as I’ve come to expect from Illinois, … Continue reading

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Gordon Stockade

On our way from Wind Cave to Custer to eat lunch at The Purple Pie Place, we drove past Stockade Lake. The 1868 Treaty of Fort Laramie had recognized the Plains Indians as the owners of the Black Hills, but an … Continue reading

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Bent’s Old Fort National Historic Site, Colorado

The fort is about a quarter mile from the parking lot. I saw two signs as soon as I got out of my car. The first said that the gate closes at 4:00 and any cars in the lot at … Continue reading

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Lewis and Clark State Historic Site — Hartford, Illinois

Lewis and Clark and their Corps of Discovery spent the winter of 1803-1804 near where the Missouri River flows into the Mississippi. They built a fort near the River Dubois (Wood River) where they trained and gathered supplies. No evidence … Continue reading

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Fort D

During the Civil War, the Union constructed a series of forts around Cape Girardeau. Only one of them, Fort D, remains. It’s located in a ratty neighborhood, and we were hesitant to get out of the car. The earth mounds … Continue reading

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