Nettie H. Beauregard Collection
Biographical / Historical Note
KASKASKIA: Village, Randolph Co., SW Illinois, at junction of the Kaskaskia river with the
Mississippi; pop. 97; site of oldest town in the West, founded 1703 as an Indian village, passed
to the British 1765, made capital of territory of Illinois 1809, capital of state of Illinois
1818-20; by 1910 town completely destroyed as result of flood 1844 and further encroachments of
the Mississippi 1881 and later.