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Songs and Stories
     February 19, 2019      #72-50 SsK
 
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The Grand Kankakee Marsh, represented by the gray shading on this map, spread along both sides of the Kankakee River from near South Bend, Ind., to the eastern edge of Momence. It covered an area of more than 1,500 square miles (nearly 1 million acres), making it one of the largest wetlands in North

Looking Back: The Grand Kankakee Marsh

By Jack Klasey

Editor’s note:
 This is the first in a four-part series about the Grand Kankakee Marsh. The other parts will appear during the remaining weekends in February.

It began near South Bend, Ind., sprawling for miles on either side of the meandering Kankakee River, before finally petering out at the eastern edge of Momence. Tangled skeins of shallow waterways threaded their way through sandy islands covered with vegetation. Thousands of muskrat mounds and beaver lodges rose out of bogs and ponds. At times, huge flocks of birds rose into the sky, blotting out the light of the sun. It was a paradise for trappers and hunters ... ...

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