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Monday, August 7, 2017

Old Cahokia Courthouse

From Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail:




During the winter of 1803 and the spring of 1804, as the men prepared at Camp River Dubois for the long journey ahead, Captains Lewis and Clark used the nearby Old Cahokia Courthouse as an official headquarters. Here they collected information, met with territorial leaders, gathered supplies, wrote correspondence, and recruited. 

The courthouse was originally a home in the 1740s, a unique remnant of the French presence along the Mississippi River. It became a courthouse in 1793 and for 20 years it served as the center of political activity in the area.

The building was dismantled in 1901 and re-erected twice, once in St. Louis for the 1904 World’s Fair and then in 1906 in Chicago’s Jackson Park. It was returned to its original site and reconstructed in 1939. The building sits on its original foundation of stone, nearly two feet thick. Inside are four rooms that were used as a courtroom, a school room and offices for attorneys and staff.

The courthouse is open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Thursdays through Saturdays at 107 Elm Street in Cahokia, Illinois, about six miles from the Gateway Arch. 


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