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Near Momence in Kankakee County, Illinois — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Hubbard Trail

 
 
Hubbard Trail Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, July 10, 2017
1. Hubbard Trail Marker
Inscription. This trail was blazed by Gurdon S. Hubbard, 1822–1824, connecting the trading posts of the American Fur Company between Vincennes and Chicago. Momence, near the upper crossing of the Kankakee River, is on this trail. Known also as the Vincennes Trace, it is perpetuated today in State Highway No. 1.
 
Erected by the Illinois State Historical Society.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Illinois State Historical Society marker series.
 
Location. 41° 9.483′ N, 87° 40.108′ W. Marker is near Momence, Illinois, in Kankakee County. Marker is on Illinois Route 1 just north of East River South Road when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Momence IL 60954, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 2 other markers are within 8 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Walter Andrew and George Hess, Pioneers (approx. 4 miles away); McHie Ferry (approx. 7.4 miles away).
 
Also see . . .  Hubbard’s Trace. “Beginning in 1822, Hubbard began moving his trade goods by pack ponies from his 80 acre farm on the Iroquois River north of Danville, south along an old buffalo trace, known as the Vincennes Trail.
Hubbard Trail Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, July 10, 2017
2. Hubbard Trail Marker
He took his hogs and cattle to sell at the population, transportation and market center of Vincennes, Indiana on the Wabash River. Later in the spring of 1822 he walked from his Iroquois River Station up the old Vincennes Trail to Chicago in three days. Following that he would use the trail to carry traded goods from Chicago to the south, and to bring his furs north. He established trading posts every forty to fifty miles. Over the following years traffic increased as settlers from the east moved into the Indiana and Illinois farmlands. Hubbard’s livestock, and their wagons, widened and hardened the trail into a road. It began to be known as Hubbard’s Trace or Hubbard’s Trail.” (Submitted on July 19, 2017.) 
 
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View of the Kankakee River across the road from the marker image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, July 10, 2017
3. View of the Kankakee River across the road from the marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on July 19, 2017. This page originally submitted on July 19, 2017, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio. This page has been viewed 92 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on July 19, 2017, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio.
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