Lyons, Illinois: Explorers Marquette and Joliet in Steel

At the entrance to the Portage Woods Forest Preserve, a 20-foot-tall statue honoring explorers Louis Joliet and Jacques Marquette, in artfully rusted steel. Erected in 1952.

Portage Woods Forest Preserve

S. Harlem Ave., Lyons, IL
I-55 exit 283. Drive north on Hwy 43/Harlem Ave. for about a half mile. The parking lot for the statue is on the left, at Portage Woods Forest Preserve; look for the opening in the trees.
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Explorers Marquette and Joliet Monument

Located at the entrance to the Portage Woods Forest Preserve is a 20-foot statue honoring explorers Louis Joliet and Jacques Marquette and their Native American guides for their work in establishing trade routes through the region. Erected in 1952.

[Matt B, 08/24/2008]

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