Historic Sites

Mary’s River Covered Bridge

This historic bridge carries the old roadbed of Illinois Route 150 over the Little Marys River north of Chester in Randolph County, Illinois, United States. Built in 1854, it is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and offers a picnic area. Mary’s River Covered Bridge was in continuous service from 1854 to 1930. It is the only bridge of its kind left in Southern Illinois.

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Kaskaskia River Recreation Area

The Kaskaskia River State Fish & Wildlife Area is one of the largest state-owned and managed sites in Illinois. Located 35 miles southeast of St. Louis, Missouri, the area comprises more than 20,000 acres and extends along the Kaskaskia River from Fayetteville to the Mississippi River in St. Clair, Monroe and Randolph counties.

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Popeye Character Trail

We are very proud of our association with this iconic, Guinness record holding cartoon character! In 1977, a bronze statue of Popeye was erected in honor of our hometown boy (creator of Popeye) Elzie C. Segar at the Segar Memorial Park.

The “Popeye & Friends Character Trail” was established as a multi-year plan to enhance tourists’ enjoyment of Popeye and his family. Every year granite statues representing the wide cast of characters that populated Segar’s Thimble Theatre cartoon strip are added to the trail throughout Chester.

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