The History of Starved Rock provides a wonderful overview of the famous site in Utica, Illinois, from when European explorers first viewed the bluff in 1673 through to 1911, when Starved Rock became the centerpiece of Illinois' second state park. Mark Walczynski pulls together stories and insights from the language, geology, geography, anthropology, archaeology, biology, and agriculture of the park to provide readers with an understanding of both the human and natural history of Starved Rock, and to put it into context with the larger history of the American Midwest.
"For those who want to know more about the fascinating history of Starved Rock, here's the book they've been looking for."
Robert Michael Morrissey, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, author of Empire by Collaboration
"An accurate, deeply-researched, labor of love, Walcyzinski's nearly unique format chronicles an utterly unique place. The reader, perspective immutably linked to the living stone edifice itself, stands watch while the stories of a beloved place and voices of its intertwining peoples flow past."
Duane Esarey, Dickson Mounds, Illinois State Musem