Today you take:
--Joliet Ave. south from Ogden Ave. through Lyons
--Right (west) onto Joliet Rd
--Jogging around the quarry in Countryside
--Following Joliet Rd(Rt 66)
--Pass LaGrange Rd, Wolf Rd, & I-294
--Merge onto I-55/Stevenson South
"July 7th.--I fell asleep, and when I was awakened at dawn this morning, by my companion, that I might not lose the scene, I started with surprise and delight. I was in the midst of a prairie! A world of grass and flowers stretched around me, rising and falling in gentle undulations, as if an enchanter had struck the ocean swell, and it was at rest forever. Acres of wild flowers of ever hue glowed around me, and the sun arising from the earth where it touched the horizon, was 'kissing with golden face the meadows green.' What a new and wonderous world of beauty! What a magnificent sight! Those glorious ranks of flowers! Oh that you could have 'one glance at their array!' How shall I convey to you an ide of a prairie. I despair, for never yet hath pen brought the scene before my mind. Imagine yourself in the centre of an immense circle of velvet herbage, the sky for its boundary upon every side; the whole clothed with a radiant efflorescence of every brilliant hue. We rode thus through a perfect wilderness of sweets, sending forth perfume, and animated with myriads of glittering birds and butterflies."
Today you can:
--Take I-55 about a mile east of Lemont Rd….continuing along I-55
--Exiting onto Joliet Road South
Their stagecoach traveled through about 5.6 miles of prairie. Next they drove through the woods for about 15 minutes. Then traveling another 4.1 miles through prairie on Rt 53, south to where Romeoville HS stands today.