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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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  • A nice, clean state park with nice views of the river. The grounds are well maintained and the buildings are nice to see. Easy waking and biking trails 
  • Very well kept state park with play ground, bath house, all level gravel sites with paved roads. I didn't have reservations but went anyway. Met the camp ground host and she said they are hardly ever ...  more »
  • Great park with a wonderful visitor center, make sure to check out the exhibits and information in the visitor center - amazing views of the Ohio River, take time to walk down to see the river, so wor...  more »
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  • The fort, which is still in disrepair, has been surrounded with a fence to keep people out of the rotting mess it has become. No plans as of yet to have it fixed, I believe. So till then, the rest of the park is a very nice, clean, and historical valley and hill combination. Trails are rather modern, with the exception of a few being a bit overgrown. Great place for kids to go exploring, and an awesome place for family outings. Except for the riverfront. That's a dirty, smelly, rock-covered, man-made pile that has sewage buildup.
  • I love the place it's safe place. I wish forts would open so more people could see how people had to live back then. Great place to fish, hiking ,fresibie golf, bike riding, picnic, and places for kids to play and spits for clamping.
  • A great place to just take a lesurlie walk along the paths and even along the roads.
  • I was in the area and had time to enjoy some sites and had a picnic lunch there. Enjoyed the museum and learned some history!
  • Great place! The Encampment 2016 was fun with great food.