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Fort Massac State Park, Metropolis

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Fort Massac is a colonial and early National-era fort on the Ohio River in Massac County, Illinois, United States.
Legend has it that, as early as 1540, the Spanish explorer Hernando de Soto and his soldiers constructed a primitive fortification here to defend themselves from native attack. Maps from the early 18th century show an "Ancien Fort" near this location.
Fort Massac was built by the French in 1757, during the French and Indian War and was originally called "Fort de L’Ascension." The name was changed in 1759, to honor of Claud Louis d'Espinchal, Marquis de Massiac, the French Naval Minister. Many early 19th-century sources claim that "Massac" was derived from a "massacre" that occurred at the site; but there is no record of such a massacre.
Following the end of the French and Indian War in 1763, the French abandoned the fort and a band of Chickasaw burned it to the ground. When Captain Thomas Stirling, commander of the 42nd Highland Regiment, arrived to take possession for Britain, he found nothing but a charred ruin.
The British never rebuilt the fort. In 1778, during the American Revolutionary War, Col. George Rogers Clark led his regiment of “Long Knives” into Illinois near the fort at Massac Creek. In 1794, during the Northwest Indian War, President George Washington ordered the fort rebuilt, and for the next 20 years it protected U.S. military and commercial interests in the Ohio Valley.
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  • Very nice buildings of history and clean grounds to walk around. Open till 10pm and a few plaques to read about the history if you don't Google it. 
    Very nice buildings of history and clean grounds to walk around. Open till 10pm and a few plaques to read about the history if you don't Google it.  more »
  • Nice place to visit. Lots of history that we were not aware of. The rebuilt fort was very interesting. Smaller than we thought it would be for supporting so many soldiers. 
    Nice place to visit. Lots of history that we were not aware of. The rebuilt fort was very interesting. Smaller than we thought it would be for supporting so many soldiers.  more »
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  • This was a great stop over park to spend a few nights near Metropolis or Paducah. Good sized parkland and wildlife were abundant. Noise from the river but not too bad considering proximity. Price was fantastic. The RV park and camping were great with big sites and dump station. Newer comfort station. Could be better only if there was some kind of security and full hook up sites.
  • Great place to go hiking, walk your dog/dogs or just sightsee. There is a great camp site here and lots of space. If your looking for a nice little getaway that's not to far check this place out it is worth your time. More pics and videos on tiktok @dom_r_

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