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Address: County Road U, Kaskaskia, Chester, IL
Phone Number: +1 618-859-3031
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For as important as this piece of history is there is little of explanation at the site....

and even less about the surrounding area. The bell is a fascinating story but you see it through a set of doors and an iron gate fr/ about ten feet away so there is no way to see... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 28 September 2016
tencatdaddy
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Athens, Georgia
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Athens, Georgia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 September 2016

and even less about the surrounding area. The bell is a fascinating story but you see it through a set of doors and an iron gate fr/ about ten feet away so there is no way to see the inscriptions or ironwork nor can you really view the mural of original Kaskaskia. The story is fascinating--as is the story of... More 

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Canton, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 September 2016

The method of viewing of the bell was a very good idea. Push a button and a door opens. For history buffs a very interesting place. The entire site is also of interest to those with geology background because of the river history.

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Quebec City, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 July 2016

It was so interesting to learn that this bell was donated by Louis XV King of France in the 1700's and that it was conservated. Very interesting place!

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Manhattan, Illinois
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 April 2016

As part of a day trip, we drove to Kaskaskia to see the famous bell that Louis XV gave to the good Catholic folks of the area in 1744. It's housed in a tiny brick building. When you ring a doorbell, the doors open (or are supposed to, anyway--it wasn't working when we were there) and a short narrative explains... More 

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Bloomington, Indiana
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 October 2015

Probably would not have visited if we were not already in the area. Knew about Kaskaskia from the Cable show "How the States Got Their Shapes". Neat to see and say we have been there.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 June 2015 via mobile

First, would have been better and maybe some easier to find it had it not had flood warnings in the area, but we eventually went to the web site link on here and made our way to it. We were coming from Chicago area back down south, so some of the roads were washed out, and we had to re-... More 

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2 Thank jweith
Saint Louis, Missouri
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 June 2015

I'm glad to have learned about this "Liberty Bell of the West" from researching it but actually viewing it was a huge disappointment. The bell is stored in a building that looks like it has interesting displays but you are only able to see the bell from outside the door. After pushing two buttons the doors should swing open and... More 

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Illinois
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 February 2015

I admit I've only been to this site twice and each time was on the 4th of July when they have a ceremony there. This area is rich with history and if you are into that this stop will be worth your time. If you take a short ride across the river to Chester and the surrounding area you will... More 

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Caseyville, Illinois
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 October 2014

Gotta love history to enjoy this attraction. It's a little out of the way, and not much to do besides look at the bell and walk around. That being, said if you enjoy history, it is worth going. My husband and I had been wanting to drive out there, and a lovely autumn drive to St. Genevieve, MO brought us... More 

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Missouri
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 September 2014

I love history so it was nice to see were Lewis and Clark had been and there was a battle fought there. Not quite what I expected. The bell is locked up and you have to press a button and a door opens. A few signs have some history facts.

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