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

The DuSable House

 
 
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By Jason Voigt, December 16, 2020
1. The DuSable House Marker
Inscription.  Upon this property resided Jean Baptiste Point DuSable (1740's-1818) Monsieur DuSable, an African American, is considered to be the "founding father" of Chicago. In 1800 he moved to St. Charles and worked as a fur trader until his death.

Philippine Duchesne arrived in St. Charles in September 1818, the week after DuSable's passing.

Alexander McNair, Missouri's first governor from 1820-1824, also lived in a stone house on this property while the legislature was in session.

This property was acquired by the Academy of the Sacred Heart in December of 2010.
 
Erected 2017 by Rollin Jackson, Jr. (Eagle Scout Project - Troop 72).
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: African AmericansSettlements & Settlers.
 
Location. 38° 47.238′ N, 90° 28.78′ W. Marker is in St. Charles, Missouri, in St. Charles County. Marker is on North 2nd Street (State Highway 94) north of Decatur Street, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 701 N 2nd St, Saint Charles MO 63301, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers
The DuSable House Marker image. Click for full size.
By Jason Voigt, December 16, 2020
2. The DuSable House Marker
are within walking distance of this marker. Saint Rose Philippine Duchesne (about 800 feet away, measured in a direct line); 437 North Main (approx. 0.2 miles away); Frenchtown Neighborhood (approx. 0.2 miles away); 343 North Main (approx. ¼ mile away); 340 North Main (approx. ¼ mile away); 334 North Main (approx. ¼ mile away); 330 North Main (approx. ¼ mile away); 323 & 329 North Main (approx. ¼ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in St. Charles.
 
Also see . . .  Jean Baptiste Point du Sable on Wikipedia. Despite of his fame as the "founder of Chicago", little is known about his life - especially before the 1770s. It wasn't until the mid-20th century that he was given that title. In his last years in St. Charles, Missouri, he worked as a Missouri River ferryman. He may have stayed with his children and grandchildren while there. (Submitted on December 16, 2020, by Jason Voigt of Glen Carbon, Illinois.) 
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on December 16, 2020. It was originally submitted on December 16, 2020, by Jason Voigt of Glen Carbon, Illinois. This page has been viewed 34 times since then and 3 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on December 16, 2020, by Jason Voigt of Glen Carbon, Illinois.
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