Prairie du Chien in Crawford County, Wisconsin — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
Pere Marquette and Sieur Jolliet
Indians directed them to the Great River via the Fox-Wisconsin waterway from the present site of Green Bay to Prairie du Chien. The Frenchmen entered the Mississippi River June 17, 1673.
Descending the river until July 16, the explorers turned back at the Arkansas River because they anticipated possible danger ahead from the Spanish and Indians. Returning North, the expedition pioneered what is now the Illinois - Des Plaines - Chicago River passage to Lake Michigan.
Marquette and Jolliet were back at the mouth of the Fox River by the end of September. The trip had taken them over 2,000 miles through country never before seen by white men.
Erected 1973 by the Wisconsin Historical Society. (Marker Number 188.)
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Exploration Native Americans • Waterways & Vessels. In addition, it is included in the Wisconsin Historical Society series list. A significant historical date for this entry is June 17, 1766.
Location. 43° 2.969′ N, 91° 9.014′ W. Marker is in Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin, in Crawford County. Marker is on South Main Street south of West Wisconsin Street (U.S. 18), on the right when traveling south. Marker is at the tourist information center near the Mississippi River Marquette-Jolliet Bridge. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 211 South Main, Prairie du Chien WI 53821, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Prairie du Chien (here, next to this marker); Jefferson Davis (approx. ¼ mile away); Veterans Memorial (approx. 0.4 miles away); Site of the Second Fort Crawford (approx. half a mile away); Black Hawk's Surrender (approx. half a mile away); Smoke stacks and paddle wheels (approx. half a mile away); Fort Crawford (approx. half a mile away); William Beaumont, M. D. (approx. half a mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Prairie du Chien.
Also see . . . Great River Road. Wikipedia entry. Photos of The Pilot's Wheel route markers. (Submitted on June 19, 2011.)
Credits. This page was last revised on October 15, 2020. It was originally submitted on June 19, 2011, by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin. This page has been viewed 1,027 times since then and 96 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on June 19, 2011, by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin.