Introduction to Chester, Illinois
Chester, Illinois, in Randolph county, is 55 miles SE of St. Louis, Missouri.
This area was originally called Smith's Landing in honor of Samuel Smith, the founder of the community. In 1829, he began the construction of a mill, established a ferry and erected a business building. His wife hailed from Chester, England, and renamed the town after her hometown. Chester became the county seat of Randolph County in 1844. Elzie Segar, the creator of the cartoon character Popeye, was a resident of Chester. As a result, the city is also referred to as the Home of Popeye.
Chester and nearby Attractions
- Eugene Field House and Toy Museum
- Soldiers' Memorial Military Museum
- Lake Murphysboro State Park
- International Bowling Museum and Hall of Fame
- Illinois Caverns State Natural Area
Things To Do In Chester
The Turkey Bluffs State Fish and Wildlife Area, the Hawn State Park and Piney Creek Ravine State Natural Area are all accessible from Chester. Nearby historic sites include the Louis Bolduc House, Fort Kaskaskia, and Fort de Chartres. The Popeye Museum, the Heritage House Museum and the Gen. John A. Logan Museum are nearby as well.
Cape Girardeau Regional Airport is nearby.
Chester Higher Education
Nearby colleges and universities include Southwestern Illinois College, Jefferson College and Southeast Missouri State University.