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Pontiac Memorial

Posted by
Steven (Chicagoland, United States) on 30 September 2019 in Lifestyle & Culture and Portfolio.

A monument stone paying homage to Pontiac, with verbiage that states,

"Pontiac, organizer of the conspiracy which bears his name, was born on the Maumee River in what is now Ohio, in 1720. As Chief, he led the Ottawa and Chippewa Indians at Braddocks Defeat July 9, 1755. When France surrendered Canada to the English, Pontiac made peace with the new rulers. But later, enraged by his treatment from the British, he organized the northwest tribes into a united and simultaneous attack on the British posts, choosing for himself to take Detroit. In May 1763, all the western posts were taken except Detroit and Fort Pitt. The conspiracy failing with these defeats, Pontiac came west to organize the Illinois and Mississippi tribes into another uprising, but failed. Four years later, he was killed by an Illinois Indian near Cahokia. In strength of mind and breadth of vision, Pontiac ranks among the great leaders of his race.

The City of Pontiac is named for this intrepid warrior.

In 1837, Jesse W. Fell, a distinguished citizen of Illinois, who was associated with many activities in the early history of this city, was requested by Henry Weed, the first settler and proprietor of what is now the County Seat, to prepare a petition for a post office. Desiring to perpetuate some of the favorite names of the fast vanishing race, he inserted the name Pontiac, hence the name of the city. Mr. Fell also named the county, choosing the name of Edward Livingston, a distinguished attorney and statesman, and Secretary of State under President Andrew Jackson."

Erected 1936 by the State of Illinois
Henry Horner, Governor
and Livingston County Historical Society
John H. Ryan, President
Bronzes by L.C. Stephenson

NIKON D7000 1/250 second F/8.0 ISO 180 27 mm (35mm equiv.)

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By Marie from Entre montagnes et Bretagne, France

Original and beautiful stones memorial.

30 Sep 2019 5:05am

Ginnie from Netherlands

What a beautiful memorial, Steven. Makes me proud.

30 Sep 2019 5:08am

Marjolein from Westvoorne, Netherlands

Great to see

30 Sep 2019 6:20am

Pascale MD from Occitanie, France

J'aime le cadrage de cette photo mettant le mémorial en avant.
Bonne journée Steven

30 Sep 2019 7:07am

Ralf Kesper from Fröndenberg, Germany

One of the greatest military leaders. He would done even a great career in any European Army as born white citizen here.

30 Sep 2019 7:32am

jpla from St Barthélémy, France

Une stèle peu commune

30 Sep 2019 7:38am

Ronnie 2¢ from Atlantic Shores, United Kingdom

Fine history to accompany the stone here . . and ace presentation.

30 Sep 2019 8:02am

Dreams come true from Utrecht, Netherlands

Very interesting and impressive memorial stone.
Thank you for telling this interesting information.

30 Sep 2019 9:25am

grouser from Ludlow, United Kingdom

Nicely composed with this simple central memorial

30 Sep 2019 9:31am

Shaun from Massachusetts, United States

This memorial looks great outside this old building.

30 Sep 2019 10:26am

Hiro from Kyoto, Japan

nice capture

30 Sep 2019 11:20am

Ruthiebear from Titusville, NJ, United States

Beautifully composed. The light and details are superb.

30 Sep 2019 12:48pm

willy from Belgium

une belle prise mettant le mémorial en valeur Steven

et des information's intéressantes


30 Sep 2019 1:29pm

Rose from United States

Really interesting....

30 Sep 2019 1:44pm

Remus from Portugal

To never fall into oblivion.

30 Sep 2019 2:11pm

Jypyä Pop from Turku, Finland

Interesting history

30 Sep 2019 2:18pm

Devi from Chennai, India

Very nice information here..and a beautiful image !

30 Sep 2019 2:52pm

tataray from Charentes-Poitou, France

Magnifique mémorial .

30 Sep 2019 3:06pm

Adela Fonts from Barcelona, Spain

Excellent image and composition. Interesting written text

30 Sep 2019 3:24pm

Nicou from Sion, Switzerland

quelle forme ce mémoril et vue quelle pierre fantastique

30 Sep 2019 3:42pm

Existence Artistique from Angers, France


30 Sep 2019 4:26pm

London Caller from United Kingdom

So much to learn about local history there.

30 Sep 2019 7:17pm

B. Thomas from Arlington, Texas, United States

Beautiful stone work.

30 Sep 2019 9:08pm

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

A beautiful monument to the Indian leader.

30 Sep 2019 11:19pm

Harry from Apex, NC, United States

nice view of the memorial and an interesting history lesson

30 Sep 2019 11:47pm

sherri from Little Rock, Arkansas, United States

very nice monument

i love the inclusion of the clock tower

1 Oct 2019 12:12am

Martine Girard from Brest, France

Très joli avec ces pierres de toutes les couleurs.

1 Oct 2019 12:37am

claudine/canelle from Lorient, France

C'est un beau mémorial !
Bonne journée

1 Oct 2019 6:20am

Jeanmadis from Chonburi, Thailand

J'en sais davantage maintenant en apprenant l'histoire de ce mémorial.
C'est important de joindre ce genre d'informations pour nous autres européens qui ne connaissent rien ou pas grand chose de l'histoire mouvementé de ce pays.
Merci beaucoup.

2 Oct 2019 4:42am

The Yum List from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

That is a beautiful memorial.

6 Oct 2019 4:07am