This cross stands on a hill south of Ludington near the mouth of the Pere Marquette River. It marks the death of Father Jacques Marquette. The exact location of his death is unknown but the site of the cross corresponds with early French accounts and maps. Marquette died in 1675 while returning to his mission in St. Ignace. His body was buried near the shore of Lake Michigan. Marquette’s remains were reburied at St. Ignace in 1677. The cross was erected in 1937 at a park in the approximate location of the historic priest’s death.
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