NoŽl Le Vasseur
Voyageur, Fur Trader and
First Permanent Settler
of Bourbonnais Grove
NoŽl Le Vasseur and his wife Watch-e-kee arrived here in 1832. He bought large tracts of land from the Potawatomi Indians and encouraged hundreds of French-Canadian families to emigrate from Quebec Province to Bourbonnais Grove, thus forming the nucleus of the villageís population. The LeVasseur home, the first brick building in the county, stood 75 yards northeast of this marker. These bricks were salvaged from the house which was demolished in 1885.
Erected 1979 by Bourbonnais Grove Historical Society; and residents and friends of the Village of Bourbonnais.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Industry & Commerce • Native Americans • Settlements & Settlers. A significant historical year for this entry is 1832.
Location. 41° 9.297′ N, 87° 52.712′ W. Marker is in Bourbonnais, Illinois, in Kankakee County. Marker is on South Main Street (U.S. 52) just south of Main Street Northwest (Illinois Route 102
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 7 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. A Night of Tragedy and Heroism (within shouting distance of this marker); Jardin aux Potages (approx. half a mile away); Dedicated to the Memory (approx. half a mile away); Bourbonnais Grove (approx. half a mile away); The Durham-Perry Farmstead Home (approx. half a mile away); The Durham-Perry Family Legacy (approx. half a mile away); Durham-Perry Farmstead (approx. half a mile away); McHie Ferry (approx. 6.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Bourbonnais.
Also see . . .
1. NoŽl Le Vasseur. Wikipedia entry:
When the Potawatomi left the Bourbonnais area in 1838, La Vasseur persuaded many Quťbťcois to migrate to the region. These efforts have given him the epithet "Father of Kankakee." (Submitted on July 17, 2021, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
2. Village of Bourbonnais History. Village website entry:
The Pottawatomi Indians called this area "Te-yar-ac-ke", meaning "wonderful land". Some years later, the word "Ky-an-ke-ke" evolved and eventually became Kankakee. In 1830, Francois Bourbonnais, Sr., a fur trapper, hunter and agent of the American Fur Company arrived. Bourbonnais Grove was (Submitted on July 17, 2021, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
Credits. This page was last revised on July 19, 2021. It was originally submitted on July 17, 2021, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 218 times since then and 57 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on July 17, 2021, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. 3. submitted on July 19, 2021, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York. 4. submitted on July 17, 2021, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.