Starved Rock:

History and Romance in the

Heart of the West


by Charles W. Paape



Where once there were nor rocky cliffs, but an ocean on whose bottom we now stand,

Where once lived 12,000 Illinois Indians, the most handsome in North America,

Where once were fought the bitter wars of the Illinois and dreaded Iroquois,

Where daring La Salle and Tonti ruled their western empire of French and Indians,

Where Tonti and his band of Frenchmen, loyal to La Salle, were besieged four days,

Where hungry, thirsty Indians were mercilessly tomahawked in narrow canyons,

Where treasure-hunters, sought for Tonti's gold,

is Starved Rock.


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