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Chester Bridge

The Chester Bridge is a local icon as over 7,000 vehicles daily use it to cross the Mississippi River. It was opened with fanfare in 1942 as part of a highway project connecting Illinois and…

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Chester Welcome Center

The Chester Welcome Center is located adjacent to the Chester Bridge on a bluff above the Mississippi River.  A Lewis and Clark marker with history about Lewis and Clark and their voyage of discovery is…

lat: 37.9049207 long: -89.8339498
Chester, Illinois

Chester, Illinois is a small town located on the banks of the Mississippi River.  It was founded in 1816 as a port on the western frontier centered around a flour mill, castor oil production, and…

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Christian Weinrich House

The Christian F. Weinrich House in Chester, Illinois, is a prime example of Folk Victorian architecture with Gothic Revival characteristics.  These elements can be seen in the gable front and wing, the steeply pitched roof,…

lat: 37.910921381841 long: -89.821481073145
Cohen Memorial Home

The Cohen Memorial Home offers a beautiful glimpse into the past as it sits atop a bluff overlooking the Mississippi River in Chester. It’s a gorgeous Victorian house built in 1855 and purchased by William…

lat: 37.8998724 long: -89.8249188
Elzie C. Segar Memorial Park

Elzie C. Segar was one of the most impressive and influential cartoonists of all time. As the creator of Popeye, he created one of the most iconic characters of pop culture in the 1930s. The…

lat: 37.9049207 long: -89.8339498

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Frederick Weistar House

The Frederick Weistar House (aka the Stone Cottage) was built by Frederick Weistar, a Swiss immigrant, in the late 1850s. The house is an architecturally significant example of a mid-nineteenth-century domestic stone dwelling with a…

lat: 37.9043591 long: -89.8288759

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Immaculate Conception Church

As the first capital of Illinois, Kaskaskia has a rich history. Once a strategic location that Britain and France fought over for control in North America, Kaskaskia in 2016 had a population of thirteen. This…

lat: 37.922091 long: -89.9151388
Mary’s Covered Bridge

Wooden covered bridges are truly artifacts from another time. These bridges were important because they could last for almost a century while an uncovered wooden bridge usually only lasts about twenty years. Popular and efficient…

lat: 37.9485217 long: -89.7659354
Old Fire Station

The projects of the New Deal rescued the country from economic despair and allowed millions of Americans to find employment and security. Some of these projects were massive and led to the creation of world-famous…

lat: 37.911484 long: -89.825361
Popeye Character Trail

Popeye has been a staple in the world of animation since 1933; it’s commonly remembered as Fleischer Studios’ magnum opus. However, Popeye was a widely popular comic strip before it was ever animated. Popeye’s creator,…

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Randolph County Courthouse and Annex

Chester, Illinois, became the county seat of Randolph County in 1847. The current courthouse was built in 1975 and includes a 5th floor observation deck offering views 350 feet above the Mississippi River. Next door…

lat: 37.9037322 long: -89.8283336
Spinach Can Collectibles

Spinach Can Collectibles holds a treasure trove of Popeye memorabilia and is both a shop and a museum devoted to Chester’s favorite son, Popeye, and his comic character friends. Divided into a section for shopping…

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St. Nicholas Landmark

The St. Nicholas Landmark sits just down river from the confluence of the Mississippi and Kaskaskia Rivers, where On November 27, 1803, Meriwether Lewis, William Clark and their party camped on Horse Island. The next morning,…

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The Liberty Bell of the West

Quebec and Louisiana may be the two of the well-known of the North American French colonies, but The Lewis and Clark Trail is home to dozens of French colonies, all of which had a strategic…

lat: 37.921604 long: -89.9147215
Turkey Bluffs

While Illinois is no longer the mysterious edge of the known U.S. that it once was, there are still some good places for hunting or fishing, including the Turkey Bluffs State Fish and Wildlife Area.…

lat: 37.9721887 long: -89.8041815

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