Bourbonnais in Kankakee County, Illinois — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
Erected 1990 by the Bourbonnais Grove Historical Society and the Illinois State Historical Society.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Illinois State Historical Society marker series.
Location. 41° 9.489′ N, 87° 53.217′ W. Marker is in Bourbonnais, Illinois, in Kankakee County. Marker is on Straford Drive East just west of Main Street NW (Illinois Route 102), on the left when traveling west. It is at the Letourneau Home Museum. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 698 Stratford Dr E, Bourbonnais IL 60914, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least Dedicated to the Memory (here, next to this marker); Jardin aux Potages (within shouting distance of this marker); The Durham-Perry Family Legacy (approx. 0.9 miles away); The Durham-Perry Farmstead Home (approx. 0.9 miles away); Durham-Perry Farmstead (approx. 0.9 miles away); Rockville Illinois (approx. 6.1 miles away); McHie Ferry (approx. 7.1 miles away).
Also see . . . Bourbonnais Grove Historical Society Museum. “Present-day Bourbonnais is the namesake of the French-Canadian courier de bois, Francois Bourbonnais, Sr., who resided north of Bourbonnais Creek from about 1829 to 1834. Bourbonnais made a living trading with the Potawatomi, most likely as an independent contractor, buying trade goods from Astor's American Fur Company, trading with the locals for furs, and then selling the furs back to the fur company. He and his wife, Catherine (Catish) Chevalier, a metis member of a prominent Potawatomi family, lived in a cabin a few rods north of Bourbonnais Creek (just northwest of today's Dairy Queen) with their 6 children, Francois Jr., Washington, Peter, Catherine, Mary Josette and Anthony, until 1834. They then moved to a site on the north bank of the Kankakee River, where the senior citizen's high rise in the city of Kankakee now stands. Eventually, Francois, Catish and (Submitted on July 16, 2017.)
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Credits. This page was last revised on July 19, 2017. This page originally submitted on July 16, 2017, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio. This page has been viewed 137 times since then and 23 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on July 16, 2017, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio.