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Sunday, December 11, 2016

As I started my two mile trek, it was 22° and snowing. The woods shielded the noise from Joliet's busy hustle and bustle. As my thoughts become focused on winding trail, twisting along the Du Page River, I was thinking this region has seen many changes over the years.

In the early days of North America; Rivers brought commerce. The Illinois Du Page River was a very busy extension to the GreatLakes.

In 1673 Father Jacques Marquette and French explorer Louis Joliet came to the area, following the Illinois and DesPlaines Rivers from the Mississippi.

Trappers and traders came throughout the 1700s and early 1800s, the best known being a Frenchman by the name of DuPage. In 1800 he settled where the east and west branches of the river join, this area was rich in fish, game and vegetation.

Throughout the Great Lakes Region, a well known Spiritual Leader and War Chief for the Shawnee, Chief Tecumseh (1768-1813) came of age. He was responsible for ravaging settlements as far as, the Ohio Valley in the late 18th century parts of Kentucky and the frontier settlements Tennessee in the 1780s.

Chief Tecumseh's Shawnee Nation, as well as, the Miami, Iroquois, Sak, Fox , Kickapoo and Pottawatomi Indians Nations lived in this area.

Today, the Illinois Prairie River Basins, still has a remarkable eco-system and the parks are yours to enjoy!