The Meeting of the
Great Rivers Byway
home page



Marquette Monument
Pere Marquette State Park

Accessible Parking Accessible Interpretive Information Accessible Illinois Historic Site

In 1929, John D. McAdams, business manager of the Alton Telegraph, made the suggestion to create a monument commemorating Jacques Marquette as the first European to land in Illinois. This suggestion was made to H. H. Ferguson, a local landowner, who had the monument designed. The monument was erected where Ferguson believed the mouth of the Illinois River was likely to have been located at the time of Marquette’s expedition.

Cut from a solid piece of dolomite, the monument is seven feet six inches high. It is situated on a ledge of a bluff that overlooks the Illinois River. Two flights of dolomite stairs lead from the Sam Vadalabene Bike Trail up to the cross. The monument is located 4 1/2 miles east of the main Park entrance on the Great River Road (Route 100.)

GPS Coordinates
N  38
°  58.328'
W 90
°  28.080'

Area Highlights
Grafton, Illinois
A Real River Town
National Great Rivers
Two Rivers National
Wildlife Refuge
Welcome to the Kingdom
of Calhoun County

  Regional Guides
to the Middle Mississippi River Valley
  Meeting of the Great Rivers
National Scenic Byway
Ste. Genevieve &
French Colonial Country
Gateway to the West
St. Louis & St. Louis County
   Meeting the Missouri
Historic St. Charles County
The Lincoln Hills Region
Northeast Missouri
  The Tri-States Area
Iowa, Illinois & Missouri
The Mississippi River
Meets the Ohio River Home Page
Your index to over 800 informative pages covering the Middle Mississippi River Valley.
  At we strive for accuracy.
If you have any corrections, suggestions or information
you would like to see contact the webmaster.
For advertising information contact marketing.
Copyright 2001-2011 - Elsah, Illinois