Route 66 side trips:  Canal Origins Park

Hello again, fellow roadies!  Yes, we know:  up here in Chicago, it certainly looks like the Dead Season is approaching post haste; but never fear – there are still plenty of things to do and see on or near Route 66 if you happen to be in or around Chicago.

And on that subject, our Twitter pal Max Grinnell has a recent post on the Choose Chicago blog, Chicago Like A Local, about Canal Origins Park in the Bridgeport neighborhood, which is right where the South Branch of the Chicago River ends and the Illinois & Michigan Canal (now replaced by the Sanitary & Ship Canal) begins.  Plus, about half a mile west is the Marquette monument that marks the place where intrepid French explorer and Jesuit missionary Father Jacques Marquette wintered in late 1674; he and his small party stayed there at the eastern end of the Chicago Portage until that spot (on the north bank of the Chicago River’s South Branch at what is now Damen Avenue) flooded and he was forced to move further down the portage through Mud Lake to higher ground at Summit, overlooking the Des Plaines River at the western end of the portage (Marquette and his companion, Louis Joliet, were the first whites to discover the portage, which they did a year earlier toward the end of the summer in 1673).  There’s also a monument to Marquette in Summit, and we’ll be writing about that shortly in one of our next posts.  But for now, do check out Max’s post.  We hope you enjoy it.

Until next time!
your Route 66 scribe,



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