Millington, Illinois has a strong connection to the past. While it is true that being on the Fox River has made it thrive, the Fox River is not the reason that the settlement became a city. Following the Revolutionary War, 3,000 fallen soldiers were buried here. The families of these fallen soldiers, including wives and children, couldn't bring themselves to leave. They tended the graves and banded together to form a community. The school children planted flowers along the graves. These flowers can still be seen every spring, even though the graves are no longer tended regularly.
If you would like to know more about the fallen soldiers or the history of this town, you should go to the library. There, you can find a map of all the historic sites. You will also find the family names and locations of each grave. You and your dog can walk the cemetery and visit the fallen soldiers and their families. Bring your camera because it is said that you can snap photos of the children playing in the field in your pictures. Spooky!
If you would like a peaceful getaway, then you should visit Mallard Bend Campground. Tents, RVs, and cabins all have adequate space for you and your pup to spend some time together. You can even come and enjoy the day if you don't like camping. The campground offers fishing spots, playgrounds, and even a swimming pool. It is a great getaway for the whole family, located just outside of Millington.
Wauponsee Glacial Trail is a 22-mile trail that begins in Joliet, about thirty miles from Millington. This trail is not for the faint of heart. It is long with very little shade along the way. There are water stops along the way for you to refill your water bottle. You will need to keep your dog on his leash while you are here exercising. Rails-to-Trails have paved the part of the trail that goes through the city, but most of it is crushed rock. Be sure to bring extra water for your pup, as well as some doggie waste bags to clean up any accidents.