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Historical Marker:

Apple River Fort


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The marker is located near the visitor's center for the reconstructed Apple River Fort at 311 East Myrtle Street in Elizabeth along US Rt. 20.
Latitude:
42.3181
Longitude:
-90.2212
Dedication Date:
01/01/1934
Dedication By:
The Illinois State Historical Society

Marker Description:
Here, during the Black Hawk War, was located Apple River Fort, constructed by 45 residents in response to rumors of an Indian uprising. The 10,000 sq. foot fort with walls 12 feet high contained several cabins and a two story blockhouse. On June 24, 1832, Black Hawk and 200 warriors attacked while most of the men were out hunting. Elizabeth Armstrong rallied the women and defenders until relief arrived. Only one frontiersman, George W. Herlerode, lost his life during the 45 minute battle. In honor of Mrs. Armstrong, the Apple River Settlement was renamed Elizabeth on November 25, 1842.
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