Illinois Ozark Tour

 We are pleased to announce the 2018 Spring Ozark Tour

Starting in 1931 and continuing annually until his death in 1949, Col. L.O. Trigg led expeditions into the forests of southern Illinois to demonstrate to the public at large the natural beauty of this corner of the state. In a large part due to these annual Ozark Tours, the National Forest Commission authorized the purchase of lands in southern Illinois resulting in the establishment of the Shawnee National Forest in 1939.





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