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Kickapoo State Park Ramble Professional Review and Guide
"It’s hard to believe that all the scenic lakes and wooded hills at Kickapoo State Park were once home to an extensive strip-mining operation. After marveling at this enormous reclamation project, you’ll tour the quiet country roads that border the Middle Fork State Fish and Wildlife Area and ride through the valley carved out by a scenic river. What was once considered a forsaken blight on the land is now one of the most popular parks in central Illinois. Located 6 miles west of Danville, the land at Kickapoo State Park was strip-mined for coal for nearly a hundred years. Strip mines were big business within Vermilion County, and according to the State of Illinois, these All the ponds at Kickapoo State Park were strip mines at one time."
--Ted Villaire, Road Biking Illinois (Falcon Guides).
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