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Near Hamlet in Starke County, Indiana — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

La Salle in Indiana

 
 
La Salle in Indiana Marker <i>(Obverse) image. Click for full size.
By Christopher Light, June 24, 2005
1. La Salle in Indiana Marker (Obverse)
Inscription. (obverse): René-Robert Cavelier, Sieur de La salle, born Rouen, France 1643; died 1687. Emigrated 1666 to New France (near present Montreal, Quebec, Canada). Led explorations 1679-1682 in search of trade, expanded empire for France, and mouth of Mississippi River. On April 9, 1682 calimed entire Mississippi River basin for France, naming it Louisiana.
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(reverse): (continued from other side)
In 1679, La Salle and his men came to present Indiana traveling on St. Joseph and Kankakee rivers. They canoed down the meandering Kankakee River through vast marsh-swamp-dune ecosystems-which covered over 625 square miles and teemed with game including fish, waterfowl, and mammals. Kankakee River forms part of northern and northwestern boundary of Starke County.
 
Erected 2000 by Indiana Historical Bureau and Starke County Historical Society. (Marker Number 75.2000.1.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Indiana State Historical Bureau Markers marker series.
 
Location.
La Salle in Indiana Marker <i>(Reverse) image. Click for full size.
By Christopher Light, June 24, 2005
2. La Salle in Indiana Marker (Reverse)
41° 23.779′ N, 86° 41.921′ W. Marker is near Hamlet, Indiana, in Starke County. Marker is on North Range Road, on the left when traveling north. Click for map. Located off U.S. 30 (Lincoln Highway). West of Hamlet (5.5 miles) to County Road 50E. Turn south where it becomes E Yellowstone Trail. Follow it 1/2 mile to where the road turns south and changes names to N Range Road. Marker is in this post office area: Hamlet IN 46532, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 15 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Lincoln's Gettysburg Address (approx. 7.8 miles away); Starke County Honor Rolls (approx. 7.8 miles away); President Abraham Lincoln’s Funeral Train (approx. 10.7 miles away); Chicago - New York Electric Air Line Railroad (approx. 12 miles away); Door Village Fort (approx. 12.8 miles away); Door Village School (approx. 12.9 miles away); Pinhook Methodist Church and Cemetery (approx. 14.2 miles away); Civil War Camps (approx. 14.3 miles away).
 
Also see . . .  "Indiana Everglades" ::. Courtesy of the "Kankakee Valley Historical Society" - a review of the wetlands
La Salle in Indiana Marker image. Click for full size.
By Christopher Light, June 24, 2005
3. La Salle in Indiana Marker
of the Kankakee River Valley. (Submitted on June 6, 2011.) 
 
Categories. ExplorationNotable EventsNotable PersonsWaterways & Vessels
 
Kankakee River image. Click for full size.
By Christopher Light, August 12, 2005
4. Kankakee River
The Kankakee River had been straightened and the marshlands drained by the end of the 19th Century.
Turkey Foot Wetland Conservation Area image. Click for full size.
By Christopher Light, June 24, 2005
5. Turkey Foot Wetland Conservation Area
North American Waterfowl Management Plan
An Indiana Grand Kankakee Marsh Restoration Project
Information sign near marker image. Click for full size.
By Christopher Light, June 24, 2005
6. Information sign near marker
A portion of this property was purchased by the Indiana Heritage Trust with Environmental License Plate funds.
Turkey Foot Wetland Conservation Area <i>(Nearby marker) image. Click for full size.
By Christopher Light, June 24, 2005
7. Turkey Foot Wetland Conservation Area (Nearby marker)
Starke County, Indiana
A North American Waterfowl Management Plan Project developed by Ducks Unlimited, Inc., Indiana Department of Natural Resources and the Kankakee River Basin Commission.
This wetland project is dedicated to the memory of Henry J. Landis II and his love of wildlife in Indiana.
November 1999
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Christopher Light of Valparaiso, Indiana. This page has been viewed 3,181 times since then and 5 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7. submitted on , by Christopher Light of Valparaiso, Indiana. • Kevin W. was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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