Black Robes

© Photographed June 13, 2015
Wyalusing State Park
Bagley, Grant County, Wisconsin
42.991818,-91.124511 (approximate location)
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Black Robes
Native Americans dubbed the Jesuits Black Robes because of their heavy, long, black garb.

French Jesuit Priests braved the North American wilderness to spread Christianity. Father Jacques Marquette was a famous Black Robe who traveled below this bluff in 1673 along with his companion, fur trader Louis Jolliet and their Indian guides. The relationships he and other Black Robes established with the natives helped open up the region to fur traders. They also took careful journals, which provided valuable information to those that followed.
The marker is located deep inside Wyalusing State Park, along the Sentinel Ridge Trail, and is accessible from the Green Cloud Picnic Area parking lot, accessible from Long Valley Road, .5 miles west of its intersection with State Park Lane. The park entrance is located at 13081 State Park Lane, Bagley, Wisconsin 53801.

NOTE: The marker is located inside a Wisconsin State Park; an annual sticker or daily-use fee to enter.

Wisconsin State Park System: Wyalusing State Park

Map of Wyalusing State Park
(See below for map details of marker location.)

"Dwelling place of the old holy man"


The marker is one of a series of markers placed along the Sentinel Ridge Trail.

Looking north at the start of the interpretative trail;
the adjacent parking lot (not visible in this photo) is to the left.

 Red arrow -- Green Cloud Picnic Area (park here)
Blue arrow -- Sentinel Ridge Trail and Indian Mounds

 The marker is located at Wyalusing State Park.

Wyalusing State Park is located in Bagley, Wisconsin.

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