Farm Creek Section
Farm Creek Section
Looking downstream along Farm Creek; the geological exposure is in the eroded hillside at left.
|Nearest city||East Peoria, Illinois|
|Area||15 acres (6.1 ha)|
|NRHP Reference #||91002039|
|Added to NRHP||February 6, 1992|
|Designated NHL||December 9, 1997|
The Farm Creek Section, also known as the Farmdale Geologic Exposure, is a hillside near East Peoria, Illinois that clearly showed geological strata. It is nationally significant as one of the first exposed glacial stratifications in the United States. These Ice Age geological formations, with rock layers representing different periods of glaciation, had long been known and published in England, France, and Germany, but were not yet well known in North America. Geologist Frank Leverett discovered this exposed face of a hill with its clearly defined stratifications in 1879 and described and pictured it in his monograph, The Illinois Glacial Lobe, in 1899.
The Farm Creek publication gave a name to the Illinoian glaciation, the southernmost penetration of glacial ice into what was to become the Midwestern United States. It also helped formulate regional and national stratigraphic classifications and has figured prominently in the study and development of glacial geology.
The site is on the south side of Farm Creek (a tributary of the Illinois River) in the Farm Creek Recreation Area, south of Illinois Route 8 (Washington St.) and between School Street and Bittersweet Road, and is accessible by following an unpaved road, part of which is an abandoned right of way formerly in use by the Toledo, Peoria and Western Railroad.
- National Park Service (2007-01-23). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service.
- "Farm Creek Section". National Historic Landmark summary listing. National Park Service. Archived from the original on 2008-01-03. Retrieved 2007-10-08.
- Joanne Kluessendorf and Kira Badamo (August 20, 1991). "National Historic Landmark Nomination: Farm Creek Section / Farm Creek/Farmdale Geologic Exposure" (pdf). National Park Service.. Accompanying 3 photos, from c.1898 and 1991. (1.35 MB)