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Dixon Springs State Park

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Dixon Springs State Park -  Golconda, Illinois

Photos by Ben Prepelka
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   Dixon Springs, or Kitchemuske-nee-be to the Algonquin Indians, has been known to be a place of restoration and healing for centuries. During the 19th century, visitors came by steamboat, wagon and train. Some stayed the summer by the mineral enriched water.
   William Dixon, one of the first settlers Dixon Springs Brook -  Golconda, Illinois in the area, took deed to the land surrounding the spring in 1848. His cabin became the first landmark of civilization, with a general store, blacksmith shop and grist mill that quickly followed. The Whitesides Dixon Spring Hotel followed. The mid 19th century hotel employed a full service staff, providing food, clean laundry and musical entertainment.
   Today the hotel is gone, but the spring and brook remain as the centerpiece of Dixon Springs State Park. The park's 60 foot cliffs have taken on intriguing names, such as Alligator Rock, Devil's Workshop and Honeycomb Rock. The 800 acre Illinois state park is located in the Shawnee National Forest, and nearby the Ohio River National Scenic Byway. The Dixon Springs State Park offers camping, a swimming pool, playground and a picnic area alongside the Dixon Springs Brook. Three hiking trails, interwoven into two loops, provide plenty of opportunity for exploration of this park.

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