The Quetil Trail in the Illinois Ozarks

En route to the Thomas Moore Johnson centennial celebration in Missouri I visited one of the few historic sites associated with figures whose correspondence with Johnson appears in Letters to the Sage. Charles Julius Quetil’s activity in the Hermetic Brotherhood of Luxor occurred during the final year of his life, 1886. His career as an engineer took him to what is now Alto Pass, Illinois but was called Quetil Gap originally due to his activity there  Now a trail named after him begins at the edge of the quaint small town and descends into a scenic gorge.  It was cold and raining when I took these pictures but they suffice to show that the Illinois Ozarks do exist, and look more like the rest of the Ozarks than the rest of Illinois.