The Shawnee Forest

In the Shawnee National Forest of southern Illinois, flat cornfields give way to a unique landscape where the Appalachian mountains meet the Ozark hills and Louisiana swamps meet the northern prairie. Centuries-old petroglyphs attest to the presence of native Americans. Living in out-of-the-way towns are passers-through who stopped and decided to stay, as well as natives who seldom have ventured far from home. Students from the SIUC School of Journalism have prepared a multimedia report on the sights, sounds and people of Illinois’ hidden gem. Watch a videotaped interview with Bill Rechtenwald, one of the faculty members directing the project

Read more about the Shawnee National Forest:

The Shawnee: Where Appalachian Cliffs Meet Louisiana Swamps

Tecumseh: Chief of the Shawnee

National Natural Landmarks

Connecting Two Rivers

Root Beer and Tall Tales on Tap



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