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    Gypsyheart~ Queen of Rust

    Nov 2005
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    John Hills Fort ,Carlyle Illinois ..............Buried Fortune

    Near old John Hill's Fort at Carlyle, Clinton County, a buried fortune remains for the lucky finder....What this fortune is ....no one seems to know...after researching several books and websites that make reference to this "fortune" I still dont know ....But if anyone wants to go looking...here's what I did find......

    John Hill's Fort
    (1811 - unknown), Carlyle
    A settlers' fort located six blocks south of the present-day courthouse. Also known as Carlyle Fort.This fort was located along the shore of Lake Carlyle on the east side of Shoal Creek. Its exact location is presently under investigation

    The first settlers located on the Kaskaskia. Carlyle was founded as a village of a few log cabins As early as 1817. A mail route from St. Louis via the sites of Belleville, Carlyle, to Vincennes, was established as early as 1805. Another mail route from Kaskaskia to Vandalia passed through the site of Carlyle in 1810.

    Another road, though not a mail route, ran from Shawneetown and Equality to McLeansboro, Mt. Vernon, to Carlyle. At the outbreak of the War of 1812, a block house was built somewhere near the present site of Carlyle. The old maps show it on the river some three or four miles below the present city of Carlyle. On Rufus Blanchard’s map made in 1883 this fort is called Tourney’s fort. But others say Tourney’s fort was near the present village of Aviston on Shoal creek some twelve miles west of Carlyle..................Is this John Hills Fort?

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