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     October 3, 2019      #86-276 SsK

From Bunkum to Bourbonnais

De Bunkum a Bourbonnais

By Jack Klasey

In 1832, while traveling an old American Indian trail along the Kankakee River, Noel LeVasseur found Bourbonnais.

The Bourbonnais he discovered was not the town but a man: Francois Bourbonnais Sr., a French-Canadian trader whose log cabin was located near what is today the junction of Routes 45 and 102. The elderly Bourbonnais was no stranger to LeVasseur. A decade earlier, they had been members of competing fur trading posts on Bureau Creek in central Illinois.

If Bourbonnais already was living here in 1832, why is LeVasseur described as Kankakee ...

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