Monday, November 3, 2008

Michigan Avenue Bridge - marker - The Chicago River

The marker reads..
The Chicago River..
The River originally flowing eastward from the prairie home lands of the Potawatomi and other Indian tribes, into Lake Michigan linked the water of the Atlantic, the St Lawrence and the Great Lakes with those of the Illinois, Mississippi and the Gulf of Mexico. From 1673, commerce and civilization followed the natural waterway from the seaboard to the heart of the continent.
The statergic importance of the early American development of the junction of the Chicago River and the Lake Michigan led to the establishment here of Fort Dearborn and to the founding of the City of Chicago.

Erected in 1952 to the memory of those pioneers who plied this water route ..
[By..]The Society of Colonial War in the State of Illinois...

For more on.. [click on the link]
# Sculptures and markers on Michigan Avenue bridge..
# Defense, Regeneration, The Pioneers, and The Discoverers..
# Plaque in honor of Louis Jolliet & Pere Jacques Marquette.
# Plaque in honor of La Salle & Henry De Tonti..
# Celebrating the bridge opening....
# The importance of Chicago River in early Chicago development..
# Granite squares commemorating Chicago Gateway Green committee efforts..
# Site of Fort Dearborn...
# Bust of Pointe DuSable.. click here..
# Site of McKinzie Mansion...

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