WRL-103: Father Marquette's Camp - 1674

 Erected 1973 by Wisconsin Council for Local History
Milwaukee, Milwaukee County, Wisconsin
 43° 2.502′ N, 87° 54.822′ W
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FATHER MARQUETTES
CAMP - 1674
Father Jacques Marquette, the French Jesuit missionary who with Sieur Louis Jolliet discovered and first explored the upper Mississippi in 1673, stayed on this site November 23-27, 1674. Marquette, with two French Canadians, Pierre Porteret and Jacques Largillier, was returning south to open a mission requested by the Illinois Indians. They were the first known white men to visit this site.
The marker is located in Pere Marquette Park on westbound West Kilbourn Avenue, east of its intersection with North Old World 3rd Street, Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53203.

NOTE: This is a very busy street. There is no parking on westbound West Kilbourn Avenue; there is street parking on eastbound West Kilbourn Avenue.

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

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

This marker and location are included in the Wisconsin Registered Landmarks program (1964-1973).

See also, Pere Marquette Statue and Markers, also at this location.


 Nearby statue of Father Marquette.

by Wilhelm Lamprecht (German 1838-1906)
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The historical marker is to the right of the clock,
the statue of Father Marquette is to the left.

The marker and statue are in Pere Marquette Park.

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