Pioneer Court Plaza and site of Fort Dearborn

Someone really needs to make a "Deadwood"-style HBO show about Chicago's earliest settlers -- the story is that interesting, and that violent. Pioneer Court Plaza is where it begins. African-Caribbean fur trader Jean Baptiste Point du Sable, Chicago's first permanent non-native resident, set up shop on this spot in the early 1770s; his fur trading outpost eventually grew into a nine-building complex. In 1800 du Sable sold his property to French-Canadian fur trapper Jean Lalime, who was acting as an agent for William Burnett. Burnett sold it to John Kinzie, who wound up stabbing Lalime to death a few years later (Kinzie was ultimately acquitted). Across the landmark DuSable Bridge at Michigan and Wacker, you'll find the approximate footprint of Fort Dearborn outlined by bronze street markers. The fort was built as a defense against "unfriendly" Native Americans, but it was strategic economically, too, because government agents were stationed there to undersell British trade. On Aug. 15, 1812, warriors from several different tribes attacked the settlers decamping the fort under military orders. The ensuing battle was quick, bloody and over in about 15 minutes.
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401 N. Michigan</b>
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( June 12, 2013 )

Someone really needs to make a "Deadwood"-style HBO show about Chicago's earliest settlers -- the story is that interesting, and that violent. Pioneer Court Plaza is where it begins. African-Caribbean fur trader Jean Baptiste Point du Sable, Chicago's first permanent non-native resident, set up shop on this spot in the early 1770s; his fur trading outpost eventually grew into a nine-building complex. In 1800 du Sable sold his property to French-Canadian fur trapper Jean Lalime, who was acting as an agent for William Burnett. Burnett sold it to John Kinzie, who wound up stabbing Lalime to death a few years later (Kinzie was ultimately acquitted). Across the landmark DuSable Bridge at Michigan and Wacker, you'll find the approximate footprint of Fort Dearborn outlined by bronze street markers. The fort was built as a defense against "unfriendly" Native Americans, but it was strategic economically, too, because government agents were stationed there to undersell British trade. On Aug. 15, 1812, warriors from several different tribes attacked the settlers decamping the fort under military orders. The ensuing battle was quick, bloody and over in about 15 minutes.

401 N. Michigan

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