Chester, Illinois, USA

Chester is a city located on the bluffs of the Mississippi River Valley in Randolph County, Illinois. Chester is the "Home of Popeye", where a six-foot, 900 lb. bronze statue of Popeye the Sailor Man stands in the Elzie C. Segar Memorial Park, which also honors Popeye's creator, Elzie Segar. The park is located next to the Chester Bridge.

The Chester area includes a number of state parks and historic sites. The Fort Kaskaskia State Historic Site has a beautiful overlook of the Mississippi River. Across the river from the fort is Kaskaskia Island, the only part of Illinois west of the Mississippi River. The island was the site of the first state capital of Illinois.

Things to See & Do

* Fort Kaskaskia
* Chester Bridge
* Chester Market held at Chester Square
* "Popeye & Friends Character Trail"
* Popeye Statue in Segar Park

General information

Cruise Season – May - October
Currency - United States Dollar (USD)
Language – English
Land Area – 15 km²
Population – 9,000 approx
Electricity – 2 perpendicular flat pins USA style or with a round pin below
Time - GMT minus five hours
International Country Telephone Code – 1