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Hotels in Chester, IL
Set on the Mississippi River, Chester is located in southern Illinois – and is best known as the home of Popeye. A six-foot, 900 lb. bronze commemoration of the famed sailor stands in the Elzie C. Segar Memorial Park – found next to Chester Bridge and featuring other characters from the cartoon, created by Chester's own Elzie Segar. Memorial Day weekend brings the annual Popeye Picnic & Parade, drawing thousands of Popeye fans.
Chester visitors may also explore the Fort Kaskaskia State Historic Site and Pierre Menard's Home – the 1815 Creole-style structure and former home of Illinois' first lieutenant governor. And for you outdoor enthusiasts, check out the Turkey Bluffs State Fish & Wildlife area – where trails and scenic overlooks are aplenty.
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