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I own no land, instead I have wheelestate. I’ve been a full time RVer since 1997. Working summers as a Park Ranger takes me to many beautiful places and playing during the winter takes me to many more. This blog is simply the story of my life's adventures.

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Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Remember Whensday - Starved Rock State Park - Frozen in Time


March 1975
I grew up boating with family on the Illinois River and riding past Starved Rock State Park. When I got old enough to drive I used to take friends to this mysterious place. I was captivated by the sandstone bluffs and canyons and liked to hike them in all seasons. There was always something very spiritual and sacred about this place to me. I just know I called this place home hundreds of years ago.

The name comes from a Native American story of a band of Illiniwek people starved on a 125 foot (38 meter) butte because of a siege by bands of Ottawa and Potawatomi during the 1760s.

Sally from The (Mis) Adventures of Karl and Sally has started a new meme where the past is remembered through sharing old family photographs and this is #9. I love the idea and hope you will too. So join the fun by clicking here.

19 comments:

Jazz said...

I should've known you'd know where the name comes from. It looks lovely.

Chris said...

What an amazing place, it's sad how it got it's name though.

Janie said...

This looks like an interesting place, and a great place for memories.

Hildred and Charles said...

A really interesting post, but sad. And, as you say, sacred. Thank you for the history...

Sally in WA said...

Nice post with the history of this place.

Thanks for sharing this week (once I remembered to post the Mr. Linky!!)

Karen said...

Maybe you were one of the folks who starved there. It is a very pretty place.

LadyFi said...

Amazing story - so sad too - and great photos!

SAPhotographs (Joan) said...

Fantastic photograohs and story Gaelyn. WOW!! I have never seen a river freeze up like that. Quite spectacular.

Arija said...

Gaelyn, I have a couple of places where I have spent other lifetimes.
I would love to take you to our Flinders Ranges in our drylands with gorges and incredibly old rockformations where I actually had a flashback to dieing as a kangaroo.

Esther Garvi said...

It's amazing with the places that freeze in time. It's like the desert; they don't change.

Ruth said...

I have been so busy scanning old slides, I haven't had time to read blogs. Just catching up on your recent posts. I now have material for Remember Whensday.

Quiet Paths said...

Isn't that something; I've really been enjoying your old photos.

Nicole said...

I guess it's no wonder that you developed your Love for nature when you have seen sights like this as a child. Lovely!

Rambling Woods said...

It seems that man has always been at war for one reason or another...

Tranquility said...

Intriguing history of the name...
Gorgeous frozen waterfalls! I love seeing how falls freeze, but don't really like being out in the cold to view it myself! ;)

This Is My Blog - fishing guy said...

Gaelyn: The beauty of that area shows through in the old photos.

dAwN said...

beautiful place with a sad past..Thanks for the trip..

Louise said...

What a fun place for a hike!

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