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Mark Walczynski

Mark Walczynski is a retired adjunct faculty member at Illinois Valley Community College and the Park Historian for the Starved Rock Foundation, located at Starved Rock State Park in Utica, Illinois.

He is the author of The History of Starved Rock, which chronicles the development of the famous site from its earliest sighting by European explorers in 1673 to its designation as the centerpiece of Illinois' second state park in 1911. 


Articles by this Author

In 1673, a Jesuit missionary, a fur trader, and a small group of canoe men traveled two thousand miles from what is now upper Michigan down to Arkansas and back. 
Now a popular state park, the unassuming geological feature along the Illinois River has served as the site of centuries of human habitation and discovery.