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Fort de Chartres

Fort de Chartres

The Fort de Chartres is located about four miles west of Prairie Du Rocher Illinois along the Mississippi River. In 1720, the French government completed the first fort, a wooden stockade, in the Illinois Country to govern the area and to exploit the area's fur and precious metal resources. It was named "Fort de Chartres" in honor of the son of the regent in France. A new stone fort was completed in the summer of 1760 after the first two wooden forts deteriorated due to flooding. The fort was eventually abandoned in 1771 due in part to the uncontrollable erosion caused by flooding of the Mississippi River.

The powder magazine was all that remained when the Illinois government purchased the stone fort site in 1913. What visitors see today is a reconstruction of part of the 18th Century fort, depictions of where other buildings were located and the restored powder magazine.

Visit Fort de Chartres

The fort can be visited and is open Wednesday - Sunday, 9am - 5pm, year round, with the exceptions of several holidays: New Years Day, Martin Luther King Day, President's Day, Columbus Day, General Election Day, Veterans Day, Thanksgiving and Christmas. Admission is free, but donations are appreciated. The Fort De Chartres also holds several events throughout the year.

Fort de Chartres Address and Phone Numbers

Fort de Chartres
1350 Illinois Route 155
Prairie du Rocher, Illinois 62277
618-284-7230

Fort de Chartres Related Links:

Fort de Chartres Website

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The gates from inside the fort
The gates from inside the fort
Fort de Chartres in Prairie du Rocher Illinois
Fort de Chartres in Prairie du Rocher Illinois
Fort de Chartres Museum
Fort de Chartres Museum
Fort de Chartres Museum
Fort de Chartres Museum
Fort de Chartres Museum
Fort de Chartres Museum
Fort de Chartres Museum
Fort de Chartres Museum
Fort de Chartres Museum
Fort de Chartres Museum
Fort de Chartres Museum
Fort de Chartres Museum
Fort de Chartres Museum
Fort de Chartres Museum
Fort de Chartres Museum
Fort de Chartres Museum
A picture of the ruins of the powder magazine
A picture of the ruins of the powder magazine
November Rendezvous-an annual event
November Rendezvous-an annual event
Two of the rebuilt buildings of the fort
Two of the rebuilt buildings of the fort
November Rendezvous
November Rendezvous
The restored powder magazine
The restored powder magazine
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