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Songs and Stories
     October 2, 2019      #47-275 SsK

Looking Back: Murdering the Grand Kankakee

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By Jack Klasey

Editor’s note:
 This is the last of a four-part series about the Grand Kankakee Marsh.

“They murdered this land while they were at it, and made a good job of it!” was an agonized reaction to the draining of a wildlife paradise — the Grand Kankakee Marsh — and turning it into cornfields and cow pastures.

Those were the words of Austin Dexter, a “swamp rat” who grew up in the Kankakee marsh in the mid- to late-1800s. He was interviewed in the early 1920s by pioneer Kankakee historian and storyteller Burt ...

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