Starved Rock has one, North Utica, but it usually just goes by Utica.
After spending time at Starved Rock and Matthiessen State Park, I drove north at dusk to that gateway.
I've seen many YouTube videos of boat motors inciting Asian carp--which comprise 70 percent of the fish biomass of the Illinois River--to madly jump out of the water. But this boat and all of the others I saw on the Illinois failed to send the invasive species airborne.
In the background is Plum Island.
Moonrise over Dee Bennett Road. Later that night there was a total lunar eclipse.
Sunset on the Illinois River.
Our old friend, the Illinois & Michigan Canal, has been missing for the last several National Heritage Corridor posts, but here it is in the center of Utica.
Next: Wild Bill Hickok
Earlier I&M Canal NHC at 30: posts:
- Channahon State Park
- Briscoe Mounds
- Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie
- Middle East Conflicts Wall Memorial
- Buffalo Rock State Park
- Starved Rock State Park's east end
- Starved Rock State Park--the Rock
- Starved Rock State Park--sad site on the west end
- Matthiessen State Park--Dells Area
- Matthiessen State Park--River Area