Nicknamed “the Prairie State,” and “the Land of Lincoln,” Illinois is home to wetlands, farmland, forests, and rolling hills. It is our 21st State joining the Union on December 3, 1818. It is the third flattest state in the country, but has amazing rock formations, canyons to explore and waterfalls to enjoy.
Illinois is home to 3 National Historic Trails, and two National Park Units.
There are also 70 State Parks, 11 State Recreational Areas and 6 State Forests, 1 National Forests, 3 National Wildlife Refuges and 17 State Wildlife Areas, 2 State Memorials, and 1 Wild & Scenic Rivers.
There are approximately 1800 Places listed on the National Register of Historic Places, 87 National Historic Landmarks, 18 National Natural Landmarks and 1 World Heritage Site.
“By thy rivers gently flowing, Illinois, Illinois, O’er the prairies verdant growing, Illinois, Illinois, Comes an echo o’er the breeze. Rustling through the leafy trees, and its mellow tones are these, Illinois, Illinois, And its mellow tones are these, Illinois.” Charles H. Chamberlain
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