What do you think of when someone say IIinois?
Sports, corn, LaSalle Univ.? Ever hear of Starved Rock at LaSalle??
Me either, so here is a tid bit and a link.
"Starved Rock, with its 38 m high sandstone cliff, is the most prominent natural landmark on the upper Illinois River. The rock, called "le Rocher" by the French, was selected by La Salle as the site of Fort St. Louis because of its readily defensible
location. Henry de Tonty built the fort to La Salle's specifications, finishing it in the spring of 1683. The fort was protected by a wooden palisade and contained a chapel, a warehouse or magazine, and several other buildings. It was abandoned by the French in 1691, when the Kaskaskia vacated their village across the river, but was reoccupied by the Peoria in the early 1700s. Starved Rock received its name for an event that allegedly took place there about
1770. According to Native American tradition, some Peoria Indians who came under attack by a war party of Potawatomi Indians suffered starvation when trapped on the rock without food or water"http://www.museum.state.il.us/muslink/nat_amer/post/htmls/arch_starv.html