Farm Creek, central Illinois: A notable Pleistocene section
The Farm Creek Section is located in central Illinois, nearthe late Wisconsinan glacial margin east of Peoria, Illinois(Fig. 1). The section is a cut bank along Farm Creek in the Farmdale Recreation Area, a public park adjacent to East Peoria(Fig. 2)It is about 5 mi (8.5 km) east of Peoria via I-74 and Illinois 8 to Robein or to Farmdale via Farmdale Road Fig. 3)Either route provides access to the west entrance of the park. Turn south on Summit Drive 1.5 mi (2.4 km) east of Robein. This roadturns into Bitter sweet Road and provides a scenic view of the parkin the valley on the way to the west entrance. Farmdale Road goesup Farm Creek Valley through Farmdale, a former station on the Toledo, Peoria, and Western Railroad. East of Farmdale, turn north on Summit Road to the west entrance of Farmdale Park.
The east entrance to the park is off School Road about 0.5 mi(0.8 km) east of Summit Drive. During good weather one can drive on a gravel road from one entrance to the other but mustcross three concrete-bottom fords. The main geologic section, on the south side of the creek near the middle ford can be seen from the road.
Farm Creek is subject to flash floods that sometimes bury the fords with gravel or cause structural damage. The bottomland road is usually closed for repairs following floods; at such time shiking from the east entrance along the railroad track to