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Prairie du Chien in Crawford County, Wisconsin — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Pere Marquette and Sieur Jolliet

 
 
Pere Marquette and Sieur Jolliet Marker image. Click for full size.
By Keith L, June 18, 2011
1. Pere Marquette and Sieur Jolliet Marker
Inscription. In 1673, Louis Jolliet, Canadian fur-trader and explorer, and Father Jacques Marquette, French Jesuit Missionary, with five French Canadian boatmen, were the first white men to enter the upper Mississippi River.

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

 
Erected 1973 by the Wisconsin Historical Society. (Marker Number 188.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Wisconsin Historical Society marker series.
 
Location. 43° 2.969′ N, 91° 9.014′ W. Marker is in Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin, in Crawford County
Pere Marquette and Sieur Jolliet Marker image. Click for full size.
By Keith L, June 18, 2011
2. Pere Marquette and Sieur Jolliet Marker
[far right on building]
. Marker is on South Main Street south of West Wisconsin Street (U.S. 18), on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is at the tourist information center near the Mississippi River Marquette-Jolliet Bridge. Marker is at or near this postal address: 211 South Main, Prairie du Chien WI 53821, United States of America.
 
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. 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); William Beaumont, M. D. (approx. half a mile away); Villa Louis (approx. 0.6 miles away); War of 1812 (approx. 0.7 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Prairie du Chien.
 
Also see . . .
1. Discoverers Web. Jolliet and Marquette (Submitted on June 19, 2011.) 

2. Great River Road. Wikipedia entry. Photos of The Pilot's Wheel route markers. (Submitted on June 19, 2011.) 
 
Categories. ExplorationNative AmericansWaterways & Vessels
 
Nearby Plaque image. Click for full size.
By Keith L, June 18, 2011
3. Nearby Plaque
[far left of the Wisconsin Historical Society marker]

The Pilot's Wheel
Official emblem of the Mississippi River Parkway. The 12 spokes represent the 10 member states and two provinces. Signs are displayed along the route with "The Great River Road" and the respective state names thereon. Adopted in 1958 by the MRPC Committee chaired by J. Alvin Druyor, Prairie du Chien, WI
Regional Tourism Center image. Click for full size.
By Keith L, June 18, 2011
4. Regional Tourism Center
Prairie du Chien Area Chamber of Commerce
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on June 19, 2011, by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin. This page has been viewed 591 times since then and 54 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on June 19, 2011, by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin.
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