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The Heritage Corridor Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB) encompasses the communities and counties along the historic 97-mile Illinois and Michigan Canal National Heritage Corridor. The Heritage Corridor spans from the Chicago Portage Area just southwest of Chicago to LaSalle-Peru including the counties of Will, Grundy, LaSalle and Putnam. The region conveniently located along I-55 from Chicago to Joliet along I-80 west to LaSalle-Peru.

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Canal Corridor Association Dinner & Lecture

Join the Canal Corridor Association for dinner on Thursday, November 30th, for their dinner lecture series "Illinois Trail Marker Trees: Past & Present" at Lock 16 Cafe & Visitors Center. Enjoy a delicious buffet and learn about the interesting Trail Marker Trees at the Dinner & Lecture with Dennis Downes.
 

Enjoy a buffet dinner of: Caprese Stuffed Balsamic Chicken on a bed of Pasta, Meatloaf with Mashed Potatoes, Green Bean Almondine, Garden Salad and a Classic Carrot Cake for Dessert. Cocktails will be served at 5:30pm, the dinner will be at 6pm, and the lecture begins at 7pm. Admission for just the lecture $8. Dinner and Lecture is $29 for Non-Members, $24 for Members. Reservations are required. For more information or to reserve, please call (815) 220-1848 ext. 1838.

 

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The Trail Marker Trees as well as the Marker Trees in general, were part of an extensive land and water navigation system in our country that already was in place long before the arrival of the first European settlers. While the Native American's had a widespread trail system in place, the Trail Marker Trees served as exit signs off of these land and water routes bringing them to areas of specific interest and then directing them back to the main route, much like the exit signs off of our major interstates today. Remembering that before the concept of drainage ditches and canals, to relieve flooding, much of the country was flooded for long periods. In the spring and the summer paths near rivers and creeks would not be visible when water overflowed the banks. Trail Trees high on the banks could still be spotted telling the travelers where to exit the waterway to reach their destination.