Bailey Falls, Illinois

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Baily Falls was a natural waterfall just above where Bailey Creek entered the Vermilion River. In the early years before the creek was diverted it was a popular camping and picnic area. In the late 1950's Marquette Cement Co. which owned the land diverted the creek from the falls and cut a gap next to it so they could mine the limestone in the area. In the 1980's Bailey Creek was realigned again and ceased to run over this second falls. It now runs further north before entering the Vermilion and possibly goes over what was once Bull Rush Falls. Lonestar Industries took over Marquette Cement in the 1980's and the area was closed to the public about 1987. The quarry has not been active for many years now and the plant is shutdown except for loading facilities. The precipice of the original falls can still be seen on Google but it is quite overgrown with trees and grass.

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  • July 8, 2015: Updated by GS: Descrkiption, history, photos

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Bailey Falls, Illinois
Posted August 3, 2021, by Anonymous

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Bailey Falls, Illinois
Posted August 3, 2021, by Julie Bailey Chisholm (julie [dot] a [dot] chisholm [at] gmail [dot] com)

I am a descendant of the Bailey Family who founded this area. I was hoping we could see the Falls(or what remains) for a small family reunion this October 2021. I understand there is no trespassing. No public access. Unfortunate.

It was transferred to DNR 2 years ago. Are they going to return it to its natural state?

I would like to have copies of the postcards posted here. How do I obtain?

Bailey Falls, Illinois
Posted July 17, 2020, by Gary Krewer (gmjkrewer [at] gmail [dot] com)

I used to take my girlfriend Karen Reynolds to Bailey Falls. It was pretty impressive back in the 50s and 60s.I have great pictures of my dad with my mom there before they were married. Many people used to picnic at Bailey Falls.It was very popular.Those were the days!

Bailey Falls, Illinois
Posted December 14, 2018, by Erica Riordan (firewatchers [at] midco [dot] net)

My Great-Grandfather was Richard Moyle and from the stories I have been told there was a "Gentleman's Agreement" that it would be returned to it's natural state. I believe my family looked into this awhile ago and other's knew about this but there was nothing documented.

Bailey Falls, Illinois
Posted January 23, 2018, by Gerald Daley (daleygringo [at] sbcglobal [dot] net)

It was my understanding that when the quarry was finished the creek would be restored back to the BAILEY FALLS.. To date it has not been Is there any legal challenge that can be made to do this?? Please let me know.

Thanks Jerry Daley

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