Sunday, November 9, 2008

Pioneer Court: Site of Point Du Sable House ...

Many bronze plaques can be seen at the 401 N. Michigan Avenue Plaza [formerly known as the Equitable Building Plaza], also known as the Pioneer Court. These plaques mark the pioneers of Chicago's birth, growth and greatness..

As one of the bronze plaque reads ... Point Du Sable House ...
"Jean Baptiste Point Du Sable Homesite has been dedicated a National Historic Landmark. This site possesses national significance in commemorating the history of the United States of America
1977, National Park Service, United States Department of the Interior"..

Jean Baptiste Pointe du Sable [1745 -1818] ... popularly known as "The Father of Chicago", was the first known settler in the area which is now Chicago, Illinois. Du Sable was recognized by the State of Illinois and the City of Chicago as the Founder of Chicago on October 26, 1968..

The above images show the site of Jean Baptiste Du Sable's house, which is north-east of the Michigan Avenue bridge. The stairways down from the Upper Michigan Avenue takes one be the site of Jean Baptiste du Sable's original residence and trading post...

The River Walkway along the north branch of Chicago River, from the east of Michagan Ave. to Lake Shore Drive has been named as DuSable Founders Way..

Kinzie Mansion..
"Near this site stood Kinzie Mansion 1784-1832, home of Pointe Du Saible, Le Mai, and John Kinzie. Chicago`s `First Civilian'. Here was born, in 1805, the city`s first white child, Ellen Marion Kinzie. - Erected by Chicago`s Charter Jubilee - Authenticated by Chicago Historical Society - 1937".

"On Dec 4, 1674, Pere Jacques Marquette, S.J. and two voyageurs built a shelter near the mouth of the Chicago River. They were the First Europeans to camp here, the site of Chicago. - Erected by Illinois Society Daughters of Colonial Wars in our 50th year 1980"..

Time Capsule..
"The Equitable Life Assurance Society of the United States has sealed herein a time capsule containing notable memorabilia in commemoration of the dedication of its Midwestern Headquarters Building and of Pioneer Court, June 23, 1965 "...

A view of the Pioneer Court ...
All the plaques mentioned above in this post, can be seen on the left side of this Pioneer Court ...

# Bust of Jean Baptiste Pointe DuSable..
# Pioneer Court..
# Chicago River Esplanade/DuSable Founder's Way.. ..

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