Chicago, Illinois: Fort Dearborn Massacre Monument

Before there was Chicago, there was Fort Dearborn. And, oh yes, the Indians. The settlers lost this massacre but eventually won the war, making Route 66 possible.
Address:
E. Wacker Dr., Chicago, IL
Directions:
Downtown, on the northwest corner of E. Wacker Drive and N. Michigan Ave. The inscription and sculpted massacre scene are on the entry pylon to the Michigan Ave. Bridge. Faces south (Wacker).
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Massacre monument. Fort Dearborn Massacre Monument

Just a plaque on a wall and the ground at the heart of downtown Chicago.

[Andrew, 02/13/2011]

Just a plaque on a wall? It's a huge fresco of a white man protecting white women and children from Indian attack while an angel flutters overhead! A column of soldiers and settlers were evacuating the Fort in 1812 when they were ambushed; over 50 were killed, and the Indians sold the surviving whites to the British.

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