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Chicago in Cook County, Illinois — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Chicago River

 
 
Chicago River Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, August 29, 2011
1. Chicago River Marker
Inscription. This river originally flowing eastward from the prairie home lands of the Potawatomi and other Indian tribes into Lake Michigan, linked the waters of the Atlantic, the St. Lawrence and the Great Lakes with those of the Illinois, the Mississippi and the Gulf of Mexico. From 1673, commerce and civilization followed this natural waterway from the seaboard to the heart of the continent.

The strategic importance to early American development of the junction of the Chicago River and Lake Michigan led to the establishment here of Fort Dearborn and to the founding of the City of Chicago Erected in 1953 to the memory of those pioneers who plied this water route.
 
Erected 1953 by Society of Colonial Wars in the State of Illinois.
 
Location. 41° 53.306′ N, 87° 37.476′ W. Marker is in Chicago, Illinois, in Cook County. Marker is at the intersection of North Michigan Avenue and East Wacker Drive on North Michigan Avenue. Touch for map. The marker is located on the southeast corner of the Michigan Street Bridge. Marker is in this post office area: Chicago IL 60601, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Rene Robert Cavalier Sieur de La Salle (here, next to this marker); Fort Dearborn
Chicago River Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, August 29, 2011
2. Chicago River Marker
The marker is over the door
(here, next to this marker); Site of Fort Dearborn (a few steps from this marker); Regeneration (within shouting distance of this marker); Old Fort Dearborn (within shouting distance of this marker); 333 North Michigan Building (within shouting distance of this marker); Louis Jolliet & Père Jacques Marquette (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Green Bay Road (about 300 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Chicago.
 
Categories. ExplorationWaterways & Vessels
 
Chicago River Marker image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, November 4, 2012
3. Chicago River Marker
Society of Colonial Wars in the State of Illinois - 1849 image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, November 4, 2012
4. Society of Colonial Wars in the State of Illinois - 1849
1607 - 1775
The Chicago River image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, November 4, 2012
5. The Chicago River
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on November 12, 2016. This page originally submitted on September 28, 2011, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 790 times since then and 66 times this year. Last updated on November 12, 2016, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on September 28, 2011, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.   3, 4, 5. submitted on November 5, 2016, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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