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Hopewell Hill Prairies Nature Preserve

Hopewell Hill Prairies Nature Preserve

Village of Hopewell, Marshall County

[Note: For an explanation of hill prairies, see the caption for Crevecoeur Hill Prairie.]
The Hopewell Hill Prairies occur within a thriving subdivision on the Illinois River bluffs. Because most of the homes occur on flatter ground, the remnant hill prairies that occur at the Village of Hopewell have been mostly spared from development. The prairie shown in this photograph is one of the best in the state, in terms of how the vegetation resembles what hill prairies were thought to be like before European-Americans moved into Illinois.