Chester, Illinois - Home of Popeye

Smith’s Landing

The new lighted riverfront park is approximately 300 ft long and includes a large flowerbed in the shape of a boat complete with anchor, picnic benches & tables to sit and enjoy the river and boats, a meandering brick walkway takes you through the small park.  See pictures below.

The City received a $25,000 grant from the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO) and decided to created a riverfront park overlooking the Mississippi River.   The small park was given the name “Smith’s Landing” because the founder of Chester, Samuel Smith, originally named Chester “Smith’s Landing”.   Smith and his wife Jane Thomas erected a dwelling in the summer of 1829, established a ferry and began construction of a mill. 

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