Voyageurs

© Photographed June 13, 2015
Wyalusing State Park
Bagley, Grant County, Wisconsin
42.991818,-91.124511 (approximate location)
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Voyageurs
Between 1673 and the 1830's, French voyageurs carried blankets and other goods to their rendezvous point at Prairie du Chien.
Following Marquette and Jolliet's voyage, a thriving fur trade grew along the Wisconsin and Mississippi Rivers. Prairie du Chien, the community to the north, became an important fur trading center. It was a colorful place where French Voyageurs and Native Americans met to trade furs for blankets and other goods. The French named their rendezvous point in honor of the chief of a well-established Fox village. His name was Alim, translated as "dog" in English and "chien" in French -- "Prairie of the Dog".
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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