"Elizabethtown, Hardin County, Illinois" Elizabethtown by Stephen-KarenConn

Elizabethtown Travel Guide: 9 reviews and 35 photos

Elizabethtown, has been appropriately called "Illinois' first and final frontier." This small, poor community of about 350 people in southeastern Illinois, is one of the oldest towns in the state. Located on the Ohio River, it was a promising riverport before Chicago even existed. It is said that the wealthy people of Elizabethtown once declined loaning money to entrepreneurs who wanted to build in Chicago because they felt there was no potential for a town on the shores of Lake Michigan.

In February, 2008, Karen and I took a three day weekend to travel to Elizabethtown and even though the weather was a bit blustery (ice, snow, high winds and flooding) we had a delightful time visiting this almost forgotten corner of Illinois. It's a beautiful area and one we would love to explore more thoroughly.

  • Last visit to Elizabethtown: Feb 2008
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • Nemorino's Profile Photo
    Mar 11, 2008 at 3:06 AM

    Fine photos and texts about this forgotten corner of Illinois. I grew up in Illinois, but I can't claim to have forgotten about Hardin County or Elizabethtown because I had never heard of them up to now.

  • Dabs's Profile Photo
    Feb 28, 2008 at 7:59 AM

    No one does pages on small town America like you do! What a charming hotel, we should try and stay at more places like that as they are so delightful :-)

  • deecat's Profile Photo
    Feb 26, 2008 at 11:32 AM

    These pages are indeed just wonderful!! 5-star tips for sure. I went to school in Carbondale so am quite aware of Elizabethtown & the National Forest...spent much time there & loved it. So sad that so much of the town is boarded up. Thanks so Much.

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