Husband, Kiddo, and I went camping on this holiday weekend like millions of Americans do. We love camping, and have camped from the waterfalls at the west side of Illinois to the Smoky Mountains to the Black Hills of South Dakota. I'm always on the lookout for history, so when we figured out we were headed to the northwestern side of Illinois, I did what I do -- I googled.
And I discovered Millville.
Millville was a town in the middle of what is now Apple River Canyon State Park. It was a bustling mill town and prospered thanks to its location on the Chicago to Galena stagecoach route, but then the railroad came by four miles north -- and then, in 1892, a flood washed away all that was left of the dwindling town. Now it's nothing but a historical marker on a rock ("Big Rock") in the middle of a beautiful area used for fishing and picnics.