Over the past year the Shawnee National Forest and a variety of interested citizens and
civic groups have been working together to plan the 2nd Annual Trigg’s Trails, Tours and Detours, also known as the Ozark Tours to southern Illinois. From 1931-1949, once a year Col Lindolph Oscar (L.O.) Trigg shepherded government officials and area boosters on sight-seeing expeditions to various sites in southern Illinois. The purpose of the tours was to highlight the special places in southern Illinois, including both scenic and important historical sites, and to encourage the establishment of a national Forest. Col. Trigg was an early and enthusiastic promoter of a national forest for southern Illinois and dedicated much of his life to showing others the beauties of the region. His dream was finally realized when President Franklin Delano Roosevelt proclaimed the establishment of the Shawnee National Forest in 1939.
On Saturday October 25, 2014 a wide variety of outdoor recreation enthusiasts, including the U.S. Forest Service, Gallatin and Hardin County Tourism groups and the River-to-River Society, will host the 2nd Annual Ozark Tour. On Saturday morning at 8 a.m. the group will be loaded into air-conditioned buses for a day of recreation, sightseeing and exploring this special part of southern Illinois. The tour will visit many of the sites that Col Trigg visited during the 1930s and will include exploring old friends such as Illinois’ first banks at Old Shawneetown, visiting the WPA mural at Equality, Potts Tavern, the Fluorspar Museum in Rosiclare, and many other historic and scenic sites. A highlight of the Ozark Tour will be visiting John Crenshaw’s mansion on the hill – also known as Hickory Hill and having a catfish supper served on the front lawn of the Rose Hotel in Elizabethtown. Colonel Trigg’s granddaughter Janet Davis and other friends and neighbors who knew and remember Col. Trigg will be on hand to tell tales of the grand ol’ man himself and his wonderful Ozark Tours. The evening will end with a campfire and tall tales at the Illinois Iron Furnace.
The cost of the weekend tour is only $120 and includes the bus ride, guided tours, two meals, a catered lunch in Equality, Il with all the fixin’s, and a good ol’ southern Illinois catfish supper on the banks of the Ohio River. Please join us for an Indian Summer weekend of strolling and sightseeing, sunsets and storytelling under our southern skies, …plus a few experiences you are not likely to have anywhere else — except on an Ozark Tour!
Pre-registration is required for the Ozark Tour is required and can be done so by contacting the Illinois Ozarks at 618-287-4333 or at www.illinoisozarks.com.