Father Marquette National Memorial, Saint Ignace

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Father Marquette National Memorial pays tribute to the life and work of Jacques Marquette, French priest and explorer. The memorial is located in Straits State Park near St. Ignace in the modern-day U.S. state of Michigan, where he founded a Jesuit mission in 1671 and was buried in 1678. The associated Father Marquette Museum building was destroyed in a fire on March 9, 2000.HistoryMarquette arrived in New France in 1666. Marquette established Michigan's earliest European settlements at Sault Ste. Marie and St. Ignace near Mackinac Island in 1668 and 1671. He lived among the Great Lakes Indians from 1666 to his death in 1675. During these nine years, Father Marquette mastered several native languages and joined Louis Jolliet in his expedition to explore and map a navigable route to the Pacific Ocean, which resulted in the French discovery of the Mississippi River.The Marquette and Joliet expeditions explored the Fox River, the Mississippi River as far as Arkansas, the Illinois River, and the Chicago River. They did not proceed to the mouth of the Mississippi due to hostility of the natives and fear of confronting Spanish colonials.
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  • August 6, 2017
    We were camping and seen that this National Memorial was near by. It has plaques with different information about Father Marquette and a huge map for a floor to get a view of the area that Father Marq...  more »
  • July 22, 2017
    This tourist attraction is a little difficult to describe. Let's start with Father Marquette. He grew up in France and became a missionary. Marquette was assigned to the New World, stationed in Quebec...  more »
  • July 14, 2017
    There's not much to see here-- a relatively simple structure and some text-based exhibits. It's super close to the I-75 approach to the Mackinac Bridge so traffic noise is inescapable. There is a good...  more »
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  • July 21, 2017
    Very peaceful and informative. I found it very interesting, my kids liked exploring the paths. BE PREPARED FOR WALKING.
  • December 13, 2016
    Beautiful walking trail in the woods with overlooks of the bridge in certain sections. The memorial is a large covered gazebo type structure with timelines of Father Marquette's journeys. Large parking area with room for RV's. The memorial is a sort walk down the trail from the parking area. Closed during the winter season.
  • May 1, 2016
    Nice big park and a short hike to the memorial and a bit longer to the overlook. The french priest and explorer is credited with being the earliest explorer in the area. As a missionary he learned the local languages, Apparently there was also a museum about his past, and it burned in 2000. The park is very nice, it has an amphitheater, with a couple over view spots that really give a nice view of the Mackinac bridge. Beware of the walk down to the monument and overlook, Its worth it, and remember - . It's uphill on the way back.. in case you weren't paying attention. Interesting early explorer and missionary.
  • July 30, 2017
    Nice place to visit.
  • November 2, 2016
    Informative

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