After leaving South Dakota, our first stop was at the Checkers Campground in Welcome, Minnesota. Checkers is a Passport America park -- can't beat $12 for full hookups with 50 amp service. However, the little man that escorted us to our site informed us if we planned on doing laundry it would be a dollar more -- "city water, you know." There's nothing special about this campground, but it was okay for a one-night stop.
However, we again chose one that was approximately ten miles off I-90 -- Leon Valley Campground in Sparta, Wisconsin, but it had decent reviews on www.rvparkreviews.com.
Our initial plan was to stay at Hickory Hollow four nights but we ended up staying nine days total. Even though it was Labor Day weekend, they gave us the Passport America rate for two more days. It ended up costing us $26 a night with both Passport America and Good Sam discounts.
We did a little shopping at the local mall and I got my hair cut. We even visited the Starved Rock State Park, a short distance from the campground.
Native Americans settled in great numbers near the fort to gain protection from the feared Iroquois tribe and to be near a source of French trade goods. Fort Louis was used as a refuge by traders and trappers until fire destroyed it, approximately in 1720. In the decades that followed, the French halted plans of colonization and left the area in 1765.
Starved Rock State Park derives its name from a Native American legend of injustice and retribution. In the 1760s, Pontiac -- chief of the Ottawa tribe -- was slain by an Illiniwek. According to legend, during one of the battles that occurred to avenge his killing, a band of Illiniwek, under attack, sought refuge atop a 125-foot sandstone butte. The Ottawa and Potawatomi surrounded the bluff and held their ground until the Illiniwek died of starvation -- thus the name of "Starved Rock."