Chicago in Cook County, Illinois — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
William Wrigley Jr. 1928
Erected 1928 by William Wrigley Jr.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Exploration.
Location. 41° 53.354′ N, 87° 37.443′ W. Marker is in Chicago, Illinois, in Cook County. Marker is at the intersection of North Michigan Avenue and The River Esplanade on North Michigan Avenue. On the Northeast tower of the Michigan Avenue Bridge. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Chicago IL 60611, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Louis Jolliet & Père Jacques Marquette (a few steps from this marker); Jean-Baptiste Pointe DuSable (a few steps from this marker); The Pioneers Green Bay Road (within shouting distance of this marker); Regeneration (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Catherine and Jean-Baptiste Point du Sable (about 300 feet away); Jack Brickhouse (about 300 feet away); Rene Robert Cavalier Sieur de La Salle (about 300 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Chicago.
Also see . . . The Discoverers. Smithsonian Institution Research Information System.
“This relief portrays French explorers Louis Joliet and Jacques Marquette, who determined in 1678 that Chicago was the site of the passage between the Great Lakes and the Mississippi River system, and Rene Robert Cavelier - Sieur de La Salle, and his lieutenant, Henri de Tonti, who explored the entire Mississippi River area between 1679 and 1682. Although Marquette was a Jesuit priest, he is depicted in the robes of a Franciscan monk. There is a profile of a kneeling indian in the foreground. An allegorical female figure floats above the more boldly carved, Beaux-Arts figure group. This relief is one of four located on the Michigan Avenue bridge pylons.” — SIRIS (Submitted on November 5, 2016, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland.)
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