Saturday, September 26, 2020
Father Marquette National Memorial & Museum
A paved path leads to an open air museum with interpretive plaques about Father Marquette, a Jesuit missionary who came to the Americas from France in 1666. He helped establish missions around the Great Lakes and joined the expedition of Louis Jolliet, a French-Canadian explorer charged with exploring the Mississippi River territory. The expedition members traveled along the Fox and Wisconsin Rivers to reach the Mississippi River which they followed south to the mouth of the Arkansas River. The expedition returned north but Marquette died from dysentery before he made it all the way back to St Ignace.
The paved path continues to an overgrown amphitheater. Steps lead to an overlook of the Mackinac Bridge. A gravel path with interpretive signs also goes to the overlook. The gravel is loose and the path is not accessible without assistance.