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Near Trempealeau in Trempealeau County, Wisconsin — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Perrot's Post

 
 
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By Keith L, October 7, 2009
1. Perrot's Post Marker
Inscription. One of the leading early French traders and diplomats among the Indians of the upper Mississippi region was dark and handsome Nicholas Perrot. After building Fort St. Nicholas at Prairie du Chien in the summer of 1685, Perrot moved north and spent the winter here "at the foot of the mountain behind which was a great prairie abounding in wild beasts." These "wild beasts" were buffalo, elk, deer, bear, cougar and lynx. Today, only deer are still common to this area.

From here Perrot continued up the Mississippi to establish another fortified post on Lake Pepin and named it Fort St. Antoine. There on May 6, 1689, he formally took possession of the entire region west of the Great Lakes "no matter how remote" in the name of his king, Louis XIV.

In 1731 Godefroy de Linctot built a small fort among the Sioux at "the mountain whose foot is bathed by water", sometimes written "La Montagne Qui Trempe a Leau" and now referred to as Mount Trempealeau. De Linctot's fort existed until 1736 and when its ruins were uncovered on this site in 1887, below them was found a hearthstone probably used by Perrot during the winter of 1685-1686.
 
Erected 1964 by the Wisconsin Historical Society. (Marker Number 133.)
 
Marker series. This marker
Perrot's Post Marker image. Click for full size.
By Keith L, June 3, 2012
2. Perrot's Post Marker
is included in the Wisconsin Historical Society marker series.
 
Location. 44° 0.866′ N, 91° 28.39′ W. Marker is near Trempealeau, Wisconsin, in Trempealeau County. Marker can be reached from Sullivan Road / South Park Road 1.3 miles west of Spring Street, on the left when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is in Perrot State Park (fee area). Marker is at or near this postal address: W26247 Sullivan Road, Trempealeau WI 54661, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 7 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. French Post (here, next to this marker); Brady's Bluff (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Geology of Perrot State Park (approx. 0.9 miles away); James Allen Reed / Trempealeau (approx. 1.7 miles away); The Mississippi River Parkway: (approx. 2.5 miles away); Pickwick Mill (approx. 2.6 miles away in Minnesota); Historic Lake Labelle (approx. 2.6 miles away in Minnesota); Gale College Historic District (approx. 6.9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Trempealeau.
 
Also see . . .  Nicolas Perrot: Early Wisconsinite. (Submitted on October 12, 2009.)
 
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Perrot's Post Marker image. Click for full size.
By Keith L, October 7, 2009
3. Perrot's Post Marker
Perrot's Post Marker image. Click for full size.
By Keith L, June 3, 2012
4. Perrot's Post Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on October 12, 2009, by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin. This page has been viewed 955 times since then and 118 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on October 12, 2009, by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin.   2. submitted on June 5, 2012, by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin.   3. submitted on October 12, 2009, by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin.   4. submitted on June 5, 2012, by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.
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