As many of you know, President Trump has extended the shelter in place regimen to April 30. We all need to take heed to stay at home and practice all of the things the CDC and the scientists are advising. Only essential businesses will be open, and many people will be working from home and dealing with schools being closed.
Many Americans are being asked to stay home and practice social distancing. Many of you have kids at home, some little and some teens. Families are sticking together and finding ways to cope with the changes we are experiencing. Schools throughout the entire state of Illinois are closed from March 17 to at least March 30 at this point and in Marshall, all extracurricular events, practices, dances, banquets, gym uses, etc. have been suspended leaving kids and teens with little activity, and we're not counting video games 😊.
Marshall Illinois in the heart of Marshall County (much of which was originally part of Putnam County) was named for the chief justice of the United States Supreme Court John Marshall. Chief Justice Marshall served from 1801 to 1835. More than twenty years after he took his place on the highest court in the land, one Thomas Brooks became the first settler in what would become the future Marshall county. The year was 1824 when Brooks built himself cabin at the east edge of Sandy timber. Though Brooks moved on, in 1828 the first permanent settlers arrived to stay. Among them were John Strawn of Ohio, John Wier who arrived by Keel boat, and Jesse and Livingston Roberts. These folks helped shape the future of Marshall County which grew and grew.
Art is important to Marshall, Illinois. From local art to Wall dog murals and of course our beloved Lion Statues. Marshall shows it’s love of art!
If you love history or art, there’s no need to travel to Chicago—the small town of Marshall, Illinois is perfect for a weekend retreat. After all, where else can you pose for a selfie with 27 different lion statues? Yes, the county seat for Clark County is not only home of the Marshall High School Lions, but this town is also so proud of its Lion mascot that over two dozen lion statues can be found around town. These fun and whimsical statues were created with the help of the Gas Light Art Colony, a local organization dedicated to promoting art awareness and participation.
While you may not have given much thought to parks before, rest assured, there is a reason community parks play a critical role in both the current liveability and future of a town. The residents and leaders of Marshall, Illinois, understand the importance of parks, which explains why this small community has nine different parks for their citizens and visitors to enjoy.