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updated: 8/25/2014 8:48 AM

Apple River fort to host event on pioneer tools

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ELIZABETH -- Fans of Illinois history will get a chance to see how early settlers made tools and bullets.

The Apple River Fort State Historic Site is hosting an event next Sunday to show off the tools of the trade used in the 1830s by pioneers in northwestern Illinois. That includes how families used tools to carve furniture and build cabins. The daylong event will also include games.

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The site is operated by the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency. It's a reconstruction of the civilian fort erected during the 1832 "Black Hawk War." The fort was where a battle between settlers and Sauk and Meskwaki warriors took place.

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