Trigg's Ozark Tours at Shawnee National Forest

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Today's Shawnee National Forest visitors would not recognize 1930s southern Illinois. Hills and hollows were void of trees, the rivers and creeks choked with eroded topsoil. The need for a national forest was so great that a small group of men from southeastern Illinois vowed to make it happen. Much of the responsibility for promotion fell on newspaper publisher L.O. Trigg. Beginning in 1931, the annual Trails, Tours, and Detours excursion demonstrated the great potential for outdoor recreation in the southernmost counties of Illinois. In large part due to Trigg's Ozark Tours, the National Forest Commission approved the purchase units that would become the Shawnee National Forest. Herein is the story of the Trigg Ozark Tours from 1931 through 1949, the men who went, the places they visited, and the legacy that remains today.
ISBN: 9781467125031
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
State: Illinois
Series: Images of America
Images: 436
Pages: 128
Dimensions: 6.5 (w) x 9.25 (h)
Todd Carr is a tourism director in the southernmost part of Illinois who has helped organize the return of the annual Trigg Ozark Tours. In the foreword, Janet Trigg Davis provides personal reflections on the tours and time spent with her grandfather. Eager for the story to be told, the Trigg Collection's various owners made photographs and materials available to the author.