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Near Au Train in Alger County, Michigan — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Face in the Rock

 
 
Face in the Rock Marker image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, August 27, 2014
1. Face in the Rock Marker
Inscription.  The sculpture to the right replicates a rock carving as made in 1820 by a French trapper and guide who accompanied Lewis Cass, governor of the Michigan Territory. Cass was on an expedition along the south shore of Lake Superior on his way to what was to become Wisconsin. The journey eventually took him to the source of the Mississippi River in today's Minnesota.

The face is that of "Powers of the Air" and was made as a tribute to the young Ojibwa hero named Ogichidaa who followed his fallen father as the leader of the Grand Island band of his people. Powers of the Air spent his last days in Thomasville, now known as Indiantown, 5 ½ miles east of Munising, where his descendants still live.

Please use caution while viewing the rock carving. Please do not climb or trespass on private land above the rock. Help us preserve this treasure by taking only pictures and leaving only footprints.
 
Erected by Michigan Department of Transportation.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Colonial EraExploration
Face in the Rock Marker image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, August 27, 2014
2. Face in the Rock Marker
(beach path in background leads east to the "Face in the Rock")
Industry & CommerceNative Americans.
 
Location. 46° 26.244′ N, 86° 49.01′ W. Marker is near Au Train, Michigan, in Alger County. Marker can be reached from State Highway 28 one mile east of Arbutus Street (Autrain Forest Lake Road), on the left when traveling east. Marker is located along the Lake Superior beach trail in Scott Falls Roadside Park. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Au Train MI 49806, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 5 other markers are within 8 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The Grand Island Nishnaabe (a few steps from this marker); Lake Superior (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Russell A. Alger (approx. 7.9 miles away); Munising Public Dock (approx. 8 miles away); Shipwrecks of the Alger Underwater Preserve (approx. 8 miles away).
 
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. A Face in the Rock
 
Also see . . .
1. Carved in Stone: The Story of the Face in the Rock. (this professional quality video tells the story of "Powers of the Air" and "The Face in the Rock.") Thanks to author Loren Graham and decades of pain-staking research, Powers of the Air’s story lives on in his book “A
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3. Face in the Rock
(the face is severely weathered)
Face in the Rock.” In the book, you can learn more about this incredible Grand Island Chippewa. (Submitted on August 9, 2020, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.) 

2. The Face in the Rock Scenic Site. To view the Face in the Rock you must follow the path along the beach. (Submitted on August 9, 2020, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.) 

3. The Native American Battle at Cross Lake. It’s believed that the battle took place in the spring of 1800. The Ojibwe and Dakota (or Sioux, as they were often called) were fierce enemies. Finding they were sorely outnumbered, the Ojibwe were soon turning to flee, but it was only minutes before the Dakota surrounded the Ojibwe and moved in for the kill. Stories told about the battle say that the ice was red with blood that day. (Submitted on August 9, 2020, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.) 
 
Face in the Rock image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, August 27, 2014
4. Face in the Rock
("Face in the Rock" is on this outcropping, about 100 yards east of the marker.)
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on August 9, 2020. It was originally submitted on August 9, 2020, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 80 times since then and 8 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on August 9, 2020, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.
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