Scenic USA - Illinois
Scenic USA offers a collection of select photographs from a wide variety of historic sites, points of interest, and a large
sampling of America's parklands. Each photo feature is coupled with a brief explanation.
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|Photos by Ben Prepelka
Matthiessen State Park, named for philanthropist Frederick William Matthiessen, has grown from the original 176 acre private park to today's much larger footprint around the Vermillion River. Over time, a steady stream carved its way through layers of sandstone, creating a long narrow gorge called a dell. The main canyon consists of the Upper Dell, beginning at Matthiessen Lake and continuing over Cascade Falls, dropping 45 feet into the Lower Dell.
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