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Florissant in St. Louis County, Missouri — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
 

Pierre-Jean De Smet, S.J.

b. 1-30-1801 d. 5-23-1873

 
 
Pierre-Jean De Smet, S.J. Marker image. Click for full size.
By Jason Voigt, October 6, 2019
1. Pierre-Jean De Smet, S.J. Marker
Inscription.  Born in Termonde, Belgium, he came to the United States in 1821 and entered the Jesuit novitiate at White Marsh, Maryland. In 1823, he was sent to establish a new Jesuit mission in Florissant where he was ordained on September 23, 1827. Called the Black Robe by the Indians, it is said he traveled more than 180,000 miles on foot, horseback and ship, crossing the ocean 18 times to bring Christianity to Native Americans.
 
Location. 38° 47.776′ N, 90° 19.957′ W. Marker is in Florissant, Missouri, in St. Louis County. Marker is on St. Francois Street just west of North St. Charles Street, on the right when traveling west. Marker is a sidewalk plaque. The closest building is the Girardier House, which is to the right of the marker. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 601 North St Charles Street, Florissant MO 63031, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 7 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Sunset Greenway (within shouting distance of this marker); Saint Rose Philippine Duchesne (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Florissant (about 400 feet away); Old St. Ferdinand Shrine
Pierre-Jean De Smet, S.J. Marker image. Click for full size.
By Jason Voigt, October 6, 2019
2. Pierre-Jean De Smet, S.J. Marker
Sidewalk plaque under the lamppost. Old St. Ferdinand Shrine is seen in the background
(about 400 feet away); Welcome to Fort Belle Fontaine (approx. 6 miles away); The Lewis and Clark Expedition (approx. 6.7 miles away); Fort Belle Fontaine (approx. 6.7 miles away); a different marker also named Fort Belle Fontaine (approx. 6.8 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Florissant.
 
Also see . . .  Pierre-Jean De Smet on Wikipedia. (Submitted on October 8, 2019, by Jason Voigt of Glen Carbon, Illinois.)
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on October 8, 2019. This page originally submitted on October 8, 2019, by Jason Voigt of Glen Carbon, Illinois. This page has been viewed 39 times since then and 3 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on October 8, 2019, by Jason Voigt of Glen Carbon, Illinois. • Devry Becker Jones was the editor who published this page.
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