The Kaskaskia Dragon

When I saw the Kaskaskia Dragon mentioned online after a google search of tourist attractions along i70 I knew I HAD TO SEE IT.  A 35 foot long dragon hand made out of metal that shoots fire out of it’s mouth?  Not even a question – we were going to see it.

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Charles Mound – Illinois State Highpoint – Road Trip Day 9

They were calling for rain again so we headed out as early as we could.  Again we put ourselves within about an hours drive of Charles Mound, the highest point in Illinois so we could snag it first thing in the morning and then continue our drive home.  I was expecting there to be a lot of people there as well as this highpoint is on private property and only open a handful of days during the year.

I typed in 688 West Charles Mound Rd, Scales Mound, IL and my GPS took us right to the gate.  It was closed with a chain around it, but there were signs directing us to park and continue on foot.  My dad parked off the road as far as possible and as we were putting on our hiking shoes a truck pulled up and a man inside warned us to be careful because where we parked there was a big drop off that was hidden in the tall grass.  He also stated it looked like it was gonna be a busy day – it was around 8AM or so and there were already a few cars parked besides ours.  The man in the truck turned and drove down the lane next to the gate for the highpoint so we are assuming it was Mr Wuebbel who owns the property but he didn’t introduce himself so I am not sure.

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