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After picking up some Panama bananas . . .
It was at the entrance to the bridge that I encountered this bas-relief monument to Father Marquette by Hermon Atkins MacNeill . . .
post by John R. Schmidt on his WBEZ blog, 15,000 school kids petitioned to have a monument erected to the Chicago explorer, and mayor Big Bill Thompson obliged in 1930. Why here? Well, the supposition is that is that this is where Marquette lived as one of the city's earliest European residents during the winter of 1674-75. It must have been a much more attractive location when it was just him and the Native-Americans. One of the trees on the relief looks a lot like the one that got chopped down yesterday.
The monument's plaque contains two curiosities. The first is the inclusion of swastikas, before the globally historic symbol was eternally tainted by Adolf Hitler and the Nazis. The second is that Jacques Marquette becomes, on the plaque, "James".