Tales and Trails of Illinois

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780252070853
  • Publisher: University of Illinois Press
  • Publication date: 11/8/2002
  • Pages: 248
  • Sales rank: 945,280
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface
1 Tower Rock: Ageless Landmark of the Mississippi 3
2 Salt Mines in Illinois: An Important Early Industry 7
3 The Great Sauk Trail across Northern Illinois 11
4 Europeans Come to Illinois: The Jolliet and Marquette Expedition 15
5 A Grisly Reputation: John Moredock, Indian Slayer 20
6 The Sucker State and Mining Galena at Galena 24
7 The Last Trails of Chief Ducoigne and His Kaskaskia 28
8 Across Illinois with the Famed Bird-watcher John James Audubon 32
9 "Black Diamonds" along the Big Muddy: Illinois's First Coal Mine 36
10 Waiting for the Second Coming: The Rappites' Harmonie 40
11 A "Perfect Society" Experiment: Robert Owen's New Harmony 44
12 The Midnight Ride of Gurdon Saltonstall Hubbard 50
13 Stillman's Run: A Debacle of the Black Hawk War 55
14 Illinois's Martyr to Freedom of the Press: Elijah Parish Lovejoy 60
15 The Singing Plow That "Scoured": John Deere and Company 65
16 A Trail of Tears across Southern Illinois: A Cherokee Tragedy 69
17 James Semple's Trackless Train: The Prairie Car 73
18 Shaping the State: The Illinois and Michigan Canal 77
19 A French Quest for Utopia in Illinois: The Icarians 81
20 Up, Up, and Away: Two Kids in a Runaway Balloon 86
21 An Angelic Hero of the Civil War: Mary Ann "Mother" Bickerdyke 91
22 Fencing the West: De Kalb and Its Barbed Wire 95
23 James Buchanan Eads and His Wonderful Bridge 99
24 Elixers in Illinois: Mineral Springs, Baths, and Resorts 103
25 Who Threw the Bomb?: The Haymarket Riot 107
26 Death Stalks the Rails: The Chatsworth Train Wreck 112
27 Quincy's Pioneer in the Sky: Thomas Scott Baldwin 117
28 A Shortcut to the Mississippi: The Hennepin Canal 121
29 Illinois's Most Heinous Murderer: Herman Webster Mudgett 125
30 Chicago's Master Boodlers: Michael "Hinky Dink" Kenna and "Bathhouse" John Couglin 130
31 Of Ferris Wheels and Jacksonville's Eli Bridge Company 135
32 "General" Alexander Bradley's Marches on the Coalfields 140
33 The Man Who Electrified Illinois: Samuel Insull 144
34 John Alexander Dowie's Utopia: Zion, Illinois 148
35 "The Most Dangerous Woman in America": Mary Harris "Mother" Jones 152
36 Chicago's New Iroquois Theatre Becomes a Fiery Death Trap 156
37 A Big Lake, a Small Coal Town, and William Patrick Rend 160
38 Illinois's Worst Coal Mine Disaster: The Cherry Mine Fire 164
39 Rock River Valley, Lorado Taft, and the Black Hawk Statue 168
40 Calbraith Perry Rogers and the Vin Fiz Flyer Cross Illinois 172
41 World War I Hysteria: The Prager Hanging 176
42 "Butchery ... Wrought in Madness": The 1922 Herrin Massacre 180
43 The Minister Served Arsenic: Ina's Great Scandal 186
44 Nature Wreaks Devastation: The 1925 Tri-State Tornado 190
45 Illinois's Last Hanging: The Gangster Charley Birger 194
46 The Nuclear Age Dawns in a Chicago Squash Court 198
47 Illinois's Beautiful Gorge: Lusk Creek Canyon 203
48 The Sun Singer and Robert Allerton's Exotic Park 207
49 Oquawka, the Town That Immortalized an Elephant 211
50 Monsters and Creatures of the Big Muddy River 215
51 An Illinois Ecological Eden: LaRue Swamp - Pine Hills Area 219
52 The Koster Site: "Amerindians" and Dr. Stuart Struever 223
Index 227
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