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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




Randolph County Museum & Archives

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

Chester, IL Museums


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

Kaskaskia Bell State Historic Site

This old church bell, a gift to the Catholic Church at Kaskaskia from King Louis XV was cast in France in 1741. It is popularly known as the "Liberty Bell of the West."

Ellis Grove, IL Artifacts


Popeye Statue

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

Chester, IL Monuments

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

Roscoe Misselhorn Art Gallery

The Roscoe Misselhorn Art Gallery features over 2000

Sparta, IL Arts

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