Near Au Train in Alger County, Michigan — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
Face in the Rock
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 Era • Exploration • Industry & Commerce • Native Americans. A significant historical year for this entry is 1820.
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 8 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); Paulson House (approx. 2.7 miles away); Bay Furnace Ruins (approx. 5.3 miles away); What’s Old? What’s New? (approx. 5.3 miles away); Location is Everything! (approx. 5.3 miles away); Russell A. Alger (approx. 7.9 miles away); Munising Public Dock (approx. 8 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Au Train.
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. A Face in the Rock
Also see . . . Face in the Rock: Scenic Site on Lake Superior by the Roadside Park(Submitted on March 12, 2023, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York.)
Credits. This page was last revised on March 12, 2023. It was originally submitted on August 9, 2020, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 1,126 times since then and 507 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on August 9, 2020, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.