The Life of Gurdon Saltonstall Hubbard

 One man’s life spans the time from when Illinois became a state in 1818 to more than a decade after the Chicago’s great fire in 1871.  Gurdon Staltonstall Hubbard helped realize Joliet’s vision of a canal and established Chicago as a the marketplace of the Midwest.

Click the links below to explore Gurdon Hubbard's life.

  G.S. Hubbard

  Young Gurdon

  Mackinaw Island

  Marquette's Cross


  Crossing the Chicago Portage

  A Hard Days Night at the Portage

  Life as a Fur Trader
  Adopted by an Indian Chief
  A Second Indian Name

  Swiftwalker's Race

  Frontier Love

  John Jacob Hubbard

  Hubbard's Trace

  In and Out of Office

  Becoming a Chicagoan

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