Saturday, April 25, 2015

(Photos) Prophetstown State Park

During my 2011 journey across Illinois' Ronald Reagan Trail I traveled through Prophetstown, which, like Tampico where "Dutch" was born, is a small village in Whiteside County east of the Quad Cities.

The town is not named for an Old Testament prophet but for Wabokieshiek (White Cloud), a Native American of mixed Ho Chunk (Winnebago) and Sauk descent. He was an advisor to Black Hawk, a Sauk/Fox chief. One prophecy that Wabokieshiek got wrong was that the British and other Indian tribes would come to the aid of his tribe during the Black Hawk War of 1832.

On the south bank of the Rock River is Prophetstown State Park--which is located at the site of once was "the Prophet's Village."

During the Black Hawk War, a company led by Captain Abraham Lincoln burned the village, as the marker notes.

The Rock River: Up river Ronald Reagan was a lifeguard at Lowell Park in Dixon.

Cook Creek flows into the Rock River at the 53 acre park.

The Rock flows into the Mississippi River at Rock Island, Illinois.

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