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Grand Detour, Illinois Historical Markers

 
La Sallier's Cabin Marker image, Touch for more information
August 20, 2015
La Sallier's Cabin Marker
Illinois (Lee County), Grand Detour — La Sallier's Cabin
The first trading post between Fort Dearborn and the Mississippi River stood on the high knoll overlooking Franklin Creek one-third of a mile west of this spot. About 1800-1836. — Map (db m131910) HM
Illinois (Ogle County), Grand Detour — Erected to the memory of Leonard Andrus founder of the village of Grand Detour Illinois 1835
Erected to the memory of Leonard Andrus founder of the village of Grand Detour Illinois 1835. Adjudicator of land claims, ferry operator, carrier of mail and travelers, first commissioner of schools in Ogle County, manufacturer, vestryman, . . . — Map (db m131733) HM
Illinois (Ogle County), Grand Detour — Grand Detour, Illinois
Early French traders who traveled the Rock River named the large bend southwest of this point, Grand Detour. Winnebago and Potawatomi villages in the area made it a prominent location for fur trading posts, and during the 1820's the United States . . . — Map (db m131290) HM
Illinois (Ogle County), Grand Detour — The Grand Detour Plow Factory
John Deere came to Grand Detour in 1836. In 1837, he fashioned a steel plow out of a broken sawmill blade in his blacksmith shop situated in the nearby John Deere Historic Site.

In 1843, John Deere and Leonard Andrus formed a partnership to . . . — Map (db m131288) HM

Illinois (Ogle County), Grand Detour — Upper Ferry Landing
Near here was the landing site of the Upper Ferry, one of two ferries providing the first established crossing of the Rock River into Grand Detour. Authorized by local ordinance in 1837, they were the sole means of commercial access to the south and . . . — Map (db m131289) HM

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