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1. Cahokia Courthouse Cahokia Courthouse Courthouses; French Colonial Period; French Colonial District; Vertical log construction; Cahokia, Illinois Images of Cahokia Courthouse from different angles

2. Church of the Holy Family, Cahokia Church of the Holy Family, Cahokia Churches; Architecture; French Colonial Period; French Colonial District; History; Cahokia, Illinois See individual images for descriptions.

3. Cahokia Village Cahokia Village French Colonial Period; French Colonial District; Agriculture; Cahokia, Illinois; Jarrot, Nicholas, 1764-1820; Winter Winter scene at Cahokia from a lithograph by J. S. Wild, published in 1841. Horses roam freely in the Commons. A couple in a sleigh are pulled by a horse. Another couple walks in the snow, the woman keeping...

4. Bequette-Ribault House, Ste. Genevieve, Missouri Bequette-Ribault House, Ste. Genevieve, Missouri Architecture; French Colonial Period; French Colonial District; Vertical log construction; Ste. Genevieve, Missouri Constructed of red cedar posts set into a trench in the ground (poteaux en terre), this house was built around the turn of the nineteenth century. The spaces between the vertical logs were filled with...

5. Pierre Martin/Boismenue House, Dupo, Illinois Pierre Martin/Boismenue House, Dupo, Illinois Architecture; French Colonial Period; French Colonial District; Vertical log construction; Dupo, Illinois; Martin, Pierre; Cahokia, Illinois The vertical log construction of the Pierre Martin house was revealed when the exterior clapboard was removed. The vertical walnut timbers are anchored at top and bottom by wooden pegs, a technique called...

6. Guibourd-Valle House, Ste. Genevieve, Missouri Guibourd-Valle House, Ste. Genevieve, Missouri Architecture; French Colonial Period; French Colonial District; Vertical log construction; Ste. Genevieve, Missouri; Valle, Jean Baptiste, 1783-1837; Guibourd, Jacques Dubreuil The post-on-sill house has a gallery across the front that can be entered from either end. There are two entrances into the house from the gallery. The attic contains Norman truss work with huge oak beams....

7. St. Gemme-Amoureaux House, Ste. Genevieve, Missouri St. Gemme-Amoureaux House, Ste. Genevieve, Missouri Architecture; French Colonial Period; French Colonial District; Vertical log construction; Ste. Genevieve, Missouri The overhanging roof creates a gallery that probably once extended around all sides of the house. There is a steep stairway on the gallery that provides access to the second floor.

8. Pierre Menard Home, Ellis Grove, Illinois Pierre Menard Home, Ellis Grove, Illinois Architecture; French Colonial District; Vertical log construction; Menard, Pierre, 1766-1844 Collection of views of the Pierre Menard Home.

9. Amoureaux House, Ste. Genevieve, Missouri Amoureaux House, Ste. Genevieve, Missouri French Colonial Period; vertical log construction; French Colonial District; Ste. Genevieve, Missouri The Amoureaux House, built in 1785, is a French vernacular post in ground (poteaux-enterre) construction. It is one of three in Ste. Genevieve and only five in the U.S. In the bedroom, on the fireplace...

10. Pierre Martin/Boismenue House, Dupo, Illinois (detail) Pierre Martin/Boismenue House, Dupo, Illinois (detail) Architecture; French Colonial Period; Vertical log construction; French Colonial District; Dupo, Illinois; Martin, Pierre; Cahokia, Illinois The roof support system has diagonal wind braces, a characteristic that shows a transitional building style as the French culture in the area became "Americanized" following the end of the American Revolution....

11. French Colonial House French Colonial House French Colonial Period; Vertical log construction; French Colonial District; Chouteau, Pierre, 1789-1865; This one-story house shows the typical overhanging eaves and vertical log construction of French Colonial structures. A short fence encloses the property.

12. ; Send her along; Envoyons de l'avant ; Send her along; Envoyons de l'avant Voyageurs; Music; Audio; French Colonial Period; Fur trade Sung in French by the male Choir of the Universite de Moncton, New Brunswick, Canada (St. Paul: Minnesota Historical Society Press). Used with permission.

13. ; It's the Oars; C'est l'aviron ; It's the Oars; C'est l'aviron Voyageurs; Music; Audio; French Colonial Period; Fur trade Sung in French by the male Choir of the Universite de Moncton, New Brunswick, Canada (St. Paul: Minnesota Historical Society Press). Used with permission.

14. ; Lark; Alouette ; Lark; Alouette Voyageurs; Music; Audio; French Colonial Period; Fur trade Sung in French by the male Choir of the Universite de Moncton, New Brunswick, Canada (St. Paul: Minnesota Historical Society Press). Used with permission.

15. ; My Blackbird; Mon Merle ; My Blackbird; Mon Merle Voyageurs; Music; Audio; French Colonial Period; Fur trade Sung in French by the male Choir of the Universite de Moncton, New Brunswick, Canada (St. Paul: Minnesota Historical Society Press). Used with permission.

16. ; A-rolling my ball; En roulant ma boule ; A-rolling my ball; En roulant ma boule Voyageurs; Music; Audio; French Colonial Period; Fur trade Sung in French by the male Choir of the Universite de Moncton, New Brunswick, Canada (St. Paul: Minnesota Historical Society Press). Used with permission.

17. ; On the Way to Paris; Passant par Paris ; On the Way to Paris; Passant par Paris Voyageurs; Music; Audio; French Colonial Period; Fur trade Sung in French by the male Choir of the Universite de Moncton, New Brunswick, Canada (St. Paul: Minnesota Historical Society Press). Used with permission.

18. Bolduc House, Ste. Genevieve, Missouri Bolduc House, Ste. Genevieve, Missouri French Colonial District; French Colonial Period; Ste. Genevieve, Missouri; Vertical log construction; Bolduc, Louis The Bolduc House has a stockade or property fence (pieux debouts), typical of many French homes, which encloses its yard and backyard garden, as well as outbuildings. This provided security and kept domestic...

19. Map of Marquette and Jolliet Route Map of Marquette and Jolliet Route Discovery & exploration; French Colonial District; French Colonial Period; Missionaries; Marquette, Pere Jacques, 1636-1675; Joliet, Louis, 1645-1700 Pierre Marquette and Louis Jolliet successfully located the Mississippi River and traveled down it in two birch bark canoes, accompanied by five voyageurs. On the return trip they chose the Illinois River...

20. Landscape with Birch Trees Landscape with Birch Trees Transportation; French Colonial Period; Fur trade; Voyageurs; Remington, Frederic, 1861-1909 Drawing by Frederic Remington. Paper birch trees grow well in the cool climate of the upper Great Lakes. The bark, which peels off in large sheets, can be used to make canoes.
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