1830s to 1870s ... Many European immigrants settled in the area along the KCT. English, Irish and especially Germans become the largest ethnic populations of new American citizens in the region. Their influence is very significant.
1830 to 1854 ... In 1830, President Andrew Jackson signed into law the Indian Removal Act, which provided for the general resettlement of eastern Native Americans to lands west of the Mississippi River. The first Indian removal from Illinois took place in 1854.
1900 to1920 ... With the invention and wide spread availability of bicycles and motorized vehicles, demand for improved roads and maintenance increased dramatically. State legislation passed to develop and improve local roads. In 1916, the Monroe-St. Clair Good Roads League, in conjunction with Randolph County, championed KCT road improvements, and proposed naming the road The Kaskaskia-Cahokia Trail.
2000 to 2015 ... Landmarks Illinois declared the KCT as one of the "Ten Most Endangered Historic Places in Illinois," and called for a concerted effort to study, document and preserve the route. Since 2011, community leaders in Monroe, Randolph and St. Clair Counties have worked together with the State of Illinois to promote the KCT. The 2014 General Assembly issued a resolution naming the KCT as a State Historic and Scenic Route. Route signs, a website, social media and print materials help make visitors and the curious aware of the treasure of the Kaskaskia Cahokia Trail.
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