Community

Points of Interest

Lincoln/Sac Indian Trail & Pioneer Cemetery, this segment of the early pioneer trail was used by Abraham Lincoln during the Black Hawk Wars. The trail and cemetery were rediscovered in 1982.

Delabar State Park, just north of Oquawka, the 89 acre park offers outdoor experiences for anglers, birdwatchers, hikers, campers, and picnickers. More than 50 species of birds have been identified in the park. The facilities include boating access to the river, good hunting and fishing, a large pavilion for reunions and picnics, childrens play area, and shady oak camping sites.

Henderson County Courthouse, was created January 1, 1841. Oquawka has been the county seat since that time. The four large columns and south portion of the building we see today are of the original structure. The building (circa 1843) is the second oldest courthouse in Illinois still in continuous use. Judge Stephen Douglas presided over the first court in Oquawka.

Alexis Phelp’s house, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the two-story house (circa 1833) was built for Alexis Phelps. Alexis and his brother Sumner, both successful businessmen, were longstanding friends of both Lincoln and Douglas. The house has been restored by the Henderson County Historical Society. You can watch the river traffic from the high bank overlooking the Mississippi River. The Phelps House is available for luncheons and receptions by appointment at (309) 627-2069.

Oquawka Museum, the former home of Justice Schlotzhaur, an advance man for Ringling Brother Circus, is located on North Second Street and now serves as the village’s museum.

Grave of Norma Jean, Norma Jean, a 6,500 lb. elephant with the Clark and Walters Circus, was struck down by lightning when a very ominous summer thunderstorm roared into town. July 17, 1972 was Norma Jeans last show day. With permission of the State of Illinois, Norma Jean was interred on the spot where she had fallen.

Riverside Park, a great place to catch the barge traffic or the sun set.

Municipal Pool, nothing like Summer fun at the pool. Typically open Memorial Day thru Labor Day.

Lincoln Memorial Monument, on October 9th, 1858, Abraham Lincoln traveled to visit his friends, the Phelps. In 2009, this monument was placed to celebrate his 200th birthday.

Obama Monument, on July 31st 2004, Barack Obama visited during his race for U.S. Senate. In 2009, this monument was placed to honor President Obama.

(http://www.hendersoncountyedc.com/Communities/Oquawka)

 

Community Groups and Clubs

Horseshoe Club
Open to the public
Meets on Thursdays at the Horseshoe Park, downtown Oquawka

 

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