We're staying just across the Mackinac Bridge on the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. The weather is beyond lousy, so George vetoed the boat trip to Mackinac Island. I wasn't crazy about riding around in a carriage in the rain anyway, so I didn't really care. The memorial is only 3 miles from the campground, so we went there during a break in the weather.
Inside is info about Father Marquette, who was a French Jesuit missionary in the 17th century. Besides learning several Indian languages, he founded missions at Sault Ste. Marie, St. Ignace, and some place not named after a saint in Illinois. That puts Sault Ste. Marie and St. Ignace as the second and third oldest cities founded by Europeans in the United States. (St. Augustine, Florida is oldest, of course.) Now I understand the sign on the edge of town that St. Ignace was founded in 1671. That's a long time ago.
So I don't leave you with this disgusting picture, here's a more interesting one. These life-size plastic dog silhouettes were on stakes in the park. There's a spring on the stake, so it not only twists, but also bobs in the wind. Apparently they're to keep the geese away. Wonder if it works???
More pictures here: Father Marquette Natl Memorial