Mary's River Covered Bridge was built in 1854 as part of the toll road between Chester and Bremen. There were some serious plaques to inform us:
Our next stop took us across the river into Missouri and then back into Illinois... all so that I could further my Illinois state education and say that I've been to the first capital of Illinois. Whereas in Virginia, a class trip to Williamsburg is mandatory, Kaskaskia - not so much!
The Mississippi River changed it's course in 1844 and cut the town off from the rest of the state. It is an island. The place is seriously creepy because it's so isolated. It is the second smallest incorporated town in Illinois (population:14).
Neither Brandon nor his dad had been there until this year. I will be the first to admit that I'm a bit of an East Coast snob ...but I just think a state should have a little more pride in it's first capital.
Liberty Bell of the West - actually older than the bell in Philly. Both Brandon and I were glad to check this one off our list. Definetly only a place you need to visit once.