Curse of forbidden marriage haunts Kaskaskia

A curse so strong it might be the reason the Mighty Mississippi changed course.

Kaskaskia is a village in Randolph County, Illinois.

It was founded by Jesuit priests in 1673 as the site for the Mission of Immaculate Conception.

The mission drew French settlers from Canada.

This was also the site of a French military fort, Fort de Chartres, constructed in 1750.

Kaskaskia’s Curse

There’s obviously a lot of history here.

The town might also might be under a curse.

Legend has it, an Algonquin Indian fell in love with a French maiden from Kaskaskia.

The pair planned to get married.

However, the maiden’s father forbade the two lovers from tying the knot or ever seeing each other again.

As the story goes, the grief-stricken Indian placed a curse on the village.

As a result, many believe the curse could be to blame for the mighty flood of 1881.

It destroyed the community, flooding the cemetery.

Because of all the water, caskets actually popped out of the sodden soil and floated down the Mississippi.

In fact, the river actually changed its course, forming what’s now a 14,000-acre island.

As a result, today you have to cross the Mississippi River into Missouri to get to it.

More history

In 1787, Illinois became a part of the Northwest Territory.

Later, in 1809, Kaskaskia became Illinois’ capital.

This unique town is also home to the Liberty Bell of the West.

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