Introduction of Starved-Rock
Cliff and national historic land mark in Illinois, on the S bank of the Illinois River, 90 mi SW of Chicago.It was visited by Marquette and Jolliet in 1673on their return from exploring the Mississippi Riverand in 1679 by LaSalle and Tonti, who built Fort St.Louis here from 1680 to 1683. The fort was aband onedin 1702 and burned by the Indians in 1721. Anunconfirmed legend tells of the Ottawa Indians drivinga band of Illinois Indians onto the cliff here, wherethey died of starvation. It is now part of the oldeststate park in Illinois.