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Near McGregor in Clayton County, Iowa — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
 

Point of Discovery

 
 
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By K. Linzmeier, June 18, 2011
1. Point of Discovery Marker
Inscription. Across the Mississippi is the mouth of the Wisconsin River. This is the point where on June 17, 1673 Pere Marquette and Louis Joliet, in two small canoes entered the mighty Mississippi. They were the first white men to discover the Upper Missisippi River and set foot on Iowa soil.
 
Erected 1927 by the Iowa Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Daughters of the American Revolution marker series.
 
Location. 42° 59.816′ N, 91° 9.814′ W. Marker is near McGregor, Iowa, in Clayton County. Marker can be reached from Pikes Peak Road half a mile east of County Highway X56. Click for map. Marker is at the overlook in Pikes Peak State Park. Marker is at or near this postal address: 32264 Pikes Peak Road, Mc Gregor IA 52157, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Pikes Peak Overlook Landscape Interpretation (a few steps from this marker); Passenger Pigeon Monument (approx. 1.8 miles away in Wisconsin); McGregor / Ringling Brothers (approx. 2 miles away); Camp Nelson Dewey (approx. 2.4 miles away
Point of Discovery Marker image. Click for full size.
By K. Linzmeier, June 18, 2011
2. Point of Discovery Marker
in Wisconsin); Bat Caves (approx. 2.5 miles away); Curtis Memorial Scientific Area (approx. 2.6 miles away in Wisconsin); Prairie du Chien Veterans Memorial (approx. 2.9 miles away in Wisconsin); Site of the Second Fort Crawford (approx. 3.3 miles away in Wisconsin). Click for a list of all markers in McGregor.
 
More about this marker. The name Pikes Peak honors the hill as the place visited by the explorer Zebulon Pike in 1805, and recommended by him to President Jefferson as a site for a fort. The tablet marks the first land in Iowa seen by white men, it was opposite this bluff that Joliet and Marquette entered the Mississippi, on their discovery voyage down the Wisconsin in June, 1673. The marker is on a large rock erected on a concrete foundation, and has on the face of the rock a bronze tablet, inscribed with legend.
source: The Postville Herald, November 11, 1926

"A 1,500 pound granile rock from a farm near [Sumner] has been selected for use as a permanent marker at Pike's Peak State Park near McGregor. The huge rock was donated by Mr. and Mrs. Lester Fox, after a search of the area was conducted to locate a rock suitable
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By K. Linzmeier, June 18, 2011
3. Walkway to Overlook
to have a plaque mounted on it..."
source: Oelwein Daily Register, May 24, 1973
 
Also see . . .
1. Jacques Marquette. Wikipedia entry. (Submitted on July 20, 2011.) 

2. Iowa Department of Natural Resources. Pikes Peak State Park. History. "[Settlers had never been allowed] on the land and as a result, the landscape at Pikes Peak today probably does not vary much from the way it was hundreds of years ago." (Submitted on July 20, 2011.) 
 
Categories. ExplorationWaterways & Vessels
 
Point of Discovery image. Click for full size.
By K. Linzmeier, June 18, 2011
4. Point of Discovery
Confluence of the Wisconsin (background) and Mississippi Rivers.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin. This page has been viewed 497 times since then and 3 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on , by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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