Rare Photo of an Ancient Indian Portage Trail Used by La Salle in Route to the Mississippi

Rare Photo of an Ancient Indian Portage Trail in South Bend, Indiana

If you were standing here in 1670, you would have seen LaSalle coming up this hill in route to discovering the Mississippi River

The portage trail at the "Landing" is still visible within the city limits of South Bend, Indiana. The trail is no longer used, but thousands of years of people walking this path have made the earth a hard pan where nothing grows. Photo from, "The Nephilim Chronicles: A Travel Guide to the Ancient Ruins in the Ohio Valley."

The map shows the location of the portage landing with the routes taken by LaSalle in 1679 en route to discover the Mississippi River and later by Charlevoix in 1721. The trail led to the Kankakee River.