St. Francis Solanus Indian Mission

St. Francis Solanus Indian Mission (HMFPJ)

Location: Stone Lake, WI 54876 Sawyer County
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Country: United States of America
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N 45° 53.356', W 91° 23.05'

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Lac Courte Oreilles remains one of the earliest Ojibway (Chippewa) Indian settlements in Wisconsin. In 1796 John Baptiste Corbine, a French-Canadian fur trader, arrived at Little Lac Courte Oreilles and established a trading post here in 1800. Corbine's Christian devotion impressed many of the Ojibway, and he is attributed with introducing Catholicism to the people of Lac Courte Oreilles. In 1860 visiting priests from Bayfield, Wisconsin, began to offer Mass at Lac Courte Oreilles. As Catholicism grew among the Ojibway, so too did their need for a local church. In 1881 the U.S. Government granted Lac Courte Oreilles a 10-acre tract to erect church and school. Completed in 1885, the small log church and school were named for St. Francis Solanus, a Franciscan missionary. In 1921 lightening destroyed the original log church. The present church, built in 1924, is constructed of local pipestone. St. Francis Solanus parishioners quarried and hauled the sacred stone from the pipestone quarry 7 miles away.
Series This marker is part of the Wisconsin: Wisconsin Historical Society series
Marker Number426
Year Placed1999
Placed ByThe Wisconsin Historical Society
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Date Added Wednesday, September 10th, 2014 at 5:37am PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)15T E 625366 N 5083013
Decimal Degrees45.88926667, -91.38416667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 45° 53.356', W 91° 23.05'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds45° 53' 21.36" N, 91° 23' 3.00" W
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Area Code(s)715
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 690 County Hwy E, Stone Lake WI 54876, US
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