Father Marquette National Memorial and Museum, 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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  • The walking trails have great educational signage along them perfect for children and adults. The trails also have multiple bridge observation points the park offers ample parking and clean bathrooms.  more »
  • Make sure you come before the season is over or everything will be closed . Was able to look at part of the Memorial , but not all of it  more »
  • There isn't a lot to see, but it's worth a stop. You'll find Father Marquette tributes and info in several places in and around Mackinac Island.  more »
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  • 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.
  • 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.
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