Jacques Marquette and Louis Joliet

Erected 1905 by Wau-Bun Chapter,
Daughters of the American Revolution
Portage, Columbia County, Wisconsin
43° 32.095′ N, 89° 26.854′ W
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The marker is located at the parking of Dairy Queen, 929 East Wisconsin Street, at its intersection with Wisconsin Street and Wauona Trail, Portage, Wisconsin 53901.

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.


Père Marquette and the Indians
by Wilhelm Lamprecht (German 1838-1906)


It's impossible to miss DQ's red roof!

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