Louis Jolliet and Father Jacques Marquette arrived at this site on June 25, 1673. Illinois Indians were the first American Indians they encountered in what is now Missouri.
A short walking trail crosses the site. The location of an excavated Illinois Indian longhouse is marked to indicate its size. Displays depict the site's history. A picnic area is available. Call if you would like a tour. The site is managed by Battle of Athens State Historic Site.