Kaskaskia-Cahokia Trail: 40 Miles to Kaskaskia
20 Miles to Cahokia Here passed the ancient trail trod first by buffaloes and Indians, then by explorers, traders and French settlers of Kaskaskia and Cahokia. Revolutionary War soldiers with George Rogers Clark made the first permanent American settlements along this trail in the 1780's. Erected 1975 by the Monoroe County Historical Society.
Near this marker stood the boyhood home of Thomas Ford, 1800-1850, eighth governor of Illinois. He held many public offices before serving as governor, 1842-1846. His mother, Elizabeth Forquer Ford, a pioneer school teacher, raised her seven children in a log house on the West side of Main Street, just South of the Ditch Tavern, where the first court in Waterloo was held. George Forquer, his half brother and Daniel P. Cook were the projectors of the town of Waterloo in 1818. Forquer later served as attorney general of Illinois. Erected 1974 by the Monroe County Historical Society.