Site of the Grand Village of the Kickapoo
The marker is located four miles east of Leroy on County Road 3100. The marker is 6.5 miles north of US 136 on the west side of the county highway at a campsite.
Illinois History Club of Lexington High School and The Illinois State Historical Society
By the late 1700’s, the Kickapoo people had established a major settlement here, close to fertile fields, abundant game and timber, and important trade routes. Opposed to American expansion, these Native Americans allied with the British during the War of 1812. The village burning and crop destroying strategies of the American frontier militia forced the Kickapoo from their homes. This village and a nearby stockade were destroyed during that war. Many Kickapoo remained in Central Illinois until 1832 when they were forcibly removed by federal legislation. Today the Kickapoo live in Mexico, Texas, Oklahoma, and Kansas.
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