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GM&O Depot Movie Location

In 1966 Sparta, Illinois became Sparta, Mississippi for a few months as the movie "In the Heat of the Night" was filmed here. After Sparta was selected as the location, the town'

Sparta, IL Railroad History

Popeye Statue

Monument to Elzie Seager, Chester native and creator of "Popeye the Sailor Man."

Chester, IL Monuments

Pierre Menard Home State Historic Site

The Pierre Menard Home is the finest example of French colonial architecture in the Central Mississippi Valley. The Post-on-Sill Frame House was built during 1800-1802

Ellis Grove, IL Historic Homes

Randolph County Museum & Archives

See an old electric chair (last used to execute a woman who killed her brother)

Chester, IL Museums


Roscoe Misselhorn Art Gallery

The Roscoe Misselhorn Art Gallery features over 2000

Sparta, IL Arts

Governor Bond Memorial

The Governor Bond State Memorial marks the grave of Shadrach Bond (1773-1832), the first governor of Illinois after it attained statehood in 1818. The obelisk-style monument was erected in 1883

Chester, IL Monuments



Alfred Brown Museum

This museum contains several different types of artifacts. The museum holds the best collection of post cards from the 1904 World'

Sparta, IL Museums

Fort De Chartres State Historic Site

Reconstruction of the mid-1700s stone fort that was the base of French control of the Mississippi River Valley. It was surrendered to the British following the French and Indian War. The original powder magazine remains, and is one of the oldest buildings in Illinois.

Prairie du Rocher, IL Historic Forts


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