Trail of Tears Lookout
US 81, IL 2

Lookout Details

Registry Numbers US 81, IL 2 (view other lookouts in United States, Illinois)
Date Registered March 12, 1994
Location Trail of Tears State Forest
Union County, Illinois
Coordinates N 37° 28.716' W 089° 21.468' (view using Google Maps)
N 37° 28' 43" W 089° 21' 28"
N 37.478600° W 089.357800°
Elevation 579 ft (176 m)
Administered by Illinois Department of Conservation
Cooperators Illinois Department of Conservation


The Trail of Tears Lookout is located in southern Illinois on a state forest of the same name. It was constructed between 1936 and 1938 by the CCC. The 80’ steel tower with 7’x7’ cab is one of the few points from which visitors may view the Shawnee Hill Country. The unusual name relates to the forced move of 10,000 Cherokee Indians from North Carolina to Oklahoma in 1839. Because of floating ice in the Mississippi River the expedition camped near the site in January before crossing.


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