Pere Marquette Historic Site

 Photographed July 5, 2015
Erected 1972
Milwaukee, Milwaukee County, Wisconsin
43° 2.567′ N, 87° 54.857′ W

PERE MARQUETTE HISTORIC SITE
Designated as a landmark of the City of Milwaukee in 1972, commemorating the place where Father Marquette, French Jesuit missionary, explorer of the Mississippi Valley and Lake Michigan, camped with two companions on November 23-27, 1674.
The marker is located at Pere Marquette Park on the southeast corner of the intersection of North Old World 3rd Street and West State Street / U.S. Route 18, Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53203.

NOTE: It is nearly impossible to find parking at this location. The location is also in a maze of one-way streets, "no U-turn" restrictions, and loads of traffic.

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 "Father Jacques Marquette (1637-1675) in Wisconsin" label below to view all markers on this website related to Father Marquette; there are many.


 Looking south along North Old World 3rd Street. 
The small marker is easy to miss!

Pere Marquette 1869
by Wilhelm Lamprecht (German 1838-1906)
This image is in the public domain.
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The marker is located at Pere Marquette Park in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
That's gridlocked westbound West State Street in the background.

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