Marquette's Death Historical

Marquette's Death Historical (HM1U4H)

Location: Frankfort, MI 49635 Benzie County
Country: United States of America

N 44° 37.8613', W 86° 14.6304'

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On May 18, 1675, Father Jacques Marquette, the great Jesuit missionary and explorer, died and was buried by two French companions somewhere along the Lake Michigan shore of the lower peninsula. Marquette had been returning to his mission at St. Ignace which he had left in 1673 to go on an exploring trip to the Mississippi and the Illinois country. The exact location of Marquette's death has long been a subject of controversy. Evidence presented in the 1960's indicates that this site, near the natural outlet of the Betsie River, at the northeast corner of a hill which was here until 1900, is the Marquette death site and that the Betsie is the Rivière du Père Marquette of early French accounts and maps. Marquette's bones were reburied at St. Ignace in 1677.
HM NumberHM1U4H
Series This marker is part of the Michigan: Michigan Historical Commission series
Year Placed1965
Placed ByMichigan Historical Commission
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Sunday, September 4th, 2016 at 9:01pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)31N E 166021 N 0
Decimal Degrees44.63102200, -86.24384000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 44° 37.8613', W 86° 14.6304'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds44° 37' 51.6792" N, 86° 14' 37.8240" W
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Area Code(s)231
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling North
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 13-99 2nd St, Frankfort MI 49635, US
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