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

The Chicago Portage

 
 
The Chicago Portage Marker image. Click for full size.
By Jason Voigt, October 1, 2020
1. The Chicago Portage Marker
Inscription.  Here you stand at the west end of a 7.5 mile long water and overland travel route across a continental divide between the St. Lawrence and Mississippi River systems, known as the Chicago Portage. Well-known to Native Americans, the route was first visited by Europeans more than 300 years ago. It became a major gateway for exploration and pioneer expansion to the west and for the fur trade in both directions.

This remaining protected portion of the Chicago Portage route is little changed from the time Fr. Jacques Marquette, Louis Jolliet, Sieur de LaSalle, Henri de Tonty, Antoine Ouilmette, Jean Baptiste Point du Sable, Antoine Beaubien, John Crafts, John Kinzie, Gurdon S. Hubbard, and numerous missionaries, soldiers, pioneers, voyageurs and traders passed through here. In 1821, the original portage route was mapped by John Walls. In 1848, the Illinois and Michigan Canal was built along this route. In 1907, the Sanitary and Shipping Canal was built and remains in use today.

This land was purchased from the Chicago Sanitary District on August 3, 1950, and is now owned and protected by the Forest Preserve District of Cook County.
The Chicago Portage Marker image. Click for full size.
By Jason Voigt, October 1, 2020
2. The Chicago Portage Marker
Marker is on the far right
The Chicago Portage was officially designated a National Historic Site in non-Federal ownership by the Department of the Interior on January 3, 1952. It is one of only two National Historic Sites in the State of Illinois.
 
Erected 2009 by The Forest Preserve District of Cook County, the Illinois and Michigan Canal National Heritage Corridor Civil Center Authority, and The Illinois State Historical Society.
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: ExplorationParks & Recreational AreasWaterways & Vessels. In addition, it is included in the Illinois State Historical Society series list.
 
Location. 41° 48.33′ N, 87° 48.169′ W. Marker is in Forest View, Illinois, in Cook County. Marker can be reached from South Harlem Avenue (Illinois Route 43) south of Forest View Terminal Drive. Marker is located in the Forest Preserve. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 4800 S Harlem Ave, Berwyn IL 60402, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Portage Creek Passage (within shouting distance of this marker); Portage Passage (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); Eating on the Run (approx. 1.3 miles away); Cruising the Strip
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(approx. 1.4 miles away); Automobile Love Affair (approx. 1.8 miles away); A Road Well Traveled (approx. 2 miles away); World War I Memorial (approx. 2 miles away); Arthur J. Dunham Centennial Home (approx. 2 miles away).
 
Also see . . .  Chicago Portage on Wikipedia. (Submitted on October 2, 2020, by Jason Voigt of Glen Carbon, Illinois.)
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on October 2, 2020. It was originally submitted on October 2, 2020, by Jason Voigt of Glen Carbon, Illinois. This page has been viewed 43 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on October 2, 2020, by Jason Voigt of Glen Carbon, Illinois.
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Oct. 24, 2020