Marker 67: Upper Fox River

 © Photographed November 3, 2012
Erected 1957 by Wisconsin Historical Society
Berlin, Green Lake, Wisconsin
43° 58.554′ N, 88° 57.113′ W
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On these banks of the Upper Fox River June 7, 1673, explorers Marquette and Jolliet visited the Mascoutin Indian Tribe that lived here. For many years traders and missionaries camped here while visiting the Indians. In 1846 Nathan Strong, a Fourierite, was commissioned by the Federal Government to select a site for a bridge to reach the timber land to the north. Strong selected this location and founded Strong's Landing. Settlers of English descent arrived in 1847, followed by immigrants from Poland and Germany. In 1857 a Community Charter was authorized and the name Berlin was chosen. Until 1890 the Fox River played an important role in transportation. Steamboats carried freight and passengers on the Upper Fox from Lake Winnebago to the Wisconsin River Canal at Portage. Excursion boats continued to use the river until 1920 when dredging was discontinued.
The marker is located alongside the Fox River, inside Riverside Park, at the intersection of Water Street and West Cumberland Street, Berlin, Wisconsin 54923.

Searching for Marquette: A Pilgrimage in Art, by Ruth D. Nelson, MA
Through monuments and artwork, Ruth D. Nelson retells the story of the 17th-century French Jesuit missionary-explorer, Father Jacques Marquette, the celebrated surveyor of the Mississippi River. But his expedition down the Great River was only part of the Marquette legacy, which began on the southern shore of Lake Superior and ended on the eastern shore of Lake Michigan. Searching for Marquette follows his journey through today's cities and towns in Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan and Arkansas to uncover French relics, Native-American royalty, and hearty settlers in a drama of faith, the fur trade and the future of Americas heartland.

Ruth presented at the June 23, 2014 meeting of the Door County Historical Society. I had the privilege of being present. Ruth gave a fascinating account of Father Marquette's journey and provided deeper insight into the man whose life is memorialized in so many of the markers / monuments I have photographed.

Ruth received her MA in Art History at the University of Illinois at Chicago. For her thesis research on the Marquette Building in Chicago, the received the Coming Museum of Glass Rakow Research Grant in 2005.

PBS: American Experience: Jacques Marquette (1637-1675) and Louis Joliet (1646-1700)

The Biography Channel: Jacques Marquette

Wikipedia: Jacques Marquette

This marker is included in Wisconsin's Maritime Trails: Historical Markers series.

Use the "Pere Marquette" label below to view all markers on this website related to Father Marquette; there are many.

by Wilhelm Lamprecht (German 1838-1906)
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A ginormous gaggle of migrating geese
greeted me at the time of  my visit.

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