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Prairie du Rocher Illinois

Prairie du Rocher

Prairie du Rocher is a small village located in Randolph County Illinois, approximately 40 miles south of St Louis Missouri. The village is situated just east of the Mississippi River along the bluffs in what is called the "American Bottoms". The village was founded in 1722 by French colonists as a farming community to supply the nearby Fort de Chartres and New Orleans with wheat and corn. Surviving several floods, the New Madrid earthquake, British takeover, it's French settlers moving to the west side of the river and the eventual closing of Fort de Chartres, Prairie du Rocher became a "village" by act of the Illinois State legislature in 1821, three years after Illinois became a state.

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Today many of the village's residents still bear the French surnames of those 18th century French settlers. Several historical annual events take place in Prairie du Rocher. One event is the Fort de Chartres' Rendezvous where live re-enactments of fort life take place, as well as, celebrating all things French!

Prairie du Rocher Address and Phone Numbers

Prairie du Rocher Village Hall
207 Henry Street
Prairie du Rocher, Illinois 62277
618-284-7171

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Prairie du Rocher Illinois Website

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Fort de Chartres in Prairie du Rocher Illinois
Fort de Chartres in Prairie du Rocher Illinois
A beautiful historic home
A beautiful historic home
The Creole House, built 1800, Prairie du Rocher
The Creole House, built 1800, Prairie du Rocher
Plaque on the Creole House
Plaque on the Creole House
Grain elevator
Grain elevator
Welcome to Prairie du Rocher!
Welcome to Prairie du Rocher!
Streetview of Prairie du Rocher
Streetview of Prairie du Rocher
The Creole House
The Creole House
Streetview of Prairie du Rocher
Streetview of Prairie du Rocher
The Prairie du Rocher Village Hall
The Prairie du Rocher Village Hall
Streetview of Prairie du Rocher with the bluffs in the background
Streetview of Prairie du Rocher with the bluffs in the background
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