JESUITICA: The unstoppable Pere Marquette
A century ago the states of Michican, Ohio, Indiana and Ontario, in USA and Canada, saw many locomotives and rail ferries named after a Jesuit. The Pere Marquette Railway operated in the Great Lakes region, from its incorporation in 1900 until its merger with other railroads in 1947. The company was named after Father Jacques Marquette S.J. (1637–1675), a French Jesuit missionary who founded Michigan’s first European settlement, Sault Ste. Marie, and left his mark and his name all over the mid-West of USA, having travelled vast distances by foot or in a canoe – all the way down the Mississippi.