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Illinois Trails & Traces: Portraits and Stories along the State’s Historic Routes
by Gary Marx and Daniel Overturf
foreword by Dick Durbin
Southern Illinois University Press, 2022
eISBN: 978-0-8093-3849-8 | Paper: 978-0-8093-3848-1
Library of Congress Classification F541
Dewey Decimal Classification 977.3

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ABOUT THIS BOOK
Exploring Illinois history through the paths we travel


Illinois Trails & Traces partners the deft writing of Gary Marx with vivid photography by Daniel Overturf to illuminate ever evolving patterns of travel and settlement. Taking the reader on a journey down early buffalo traces and Native American trails, this book shows how these paths evolved into wagon roads and paved highways. Marx and Overturf explore historic routes ranging from Route 66 to the Underground Railroad, all the way back to post-Ice Age animal migration trails followed by Paleo-Indian people. The authors also examine how rivers, canals, and railroads spurred the rapid rise of Illinois as a modern state.

Marx and Overturf bring history into the present by including over forty photographic portraits and written profiles of individuals who live along these routes today. Many of the people you will meet on these pages work to preserve and honor the history of these passages. Others profiled here embody the spirit of the old roads and provide a vivid link between past and present. Through this journey, we discover that we’ve all been traveling the same road all along.
 

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