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Chicago’s Founding Fathers

Midwestern Cowpoke

This image is from a series of portraits I created of some of the first settlers and influential magnates of our fair city, Chicagoua (originally the local Indian word for the native garlic plant that grew on the marshy land and in the woods by the lakeside). These Chicagouans were rough business men earning prosperous fortunes amidst the hardscrabble efforts of developing a trading post by nearby Fort Dearborn into one of the fastest growing cities by the turn of the century.

Portraits include:
John Bates Jr.-
Chicagoua’s first licenced auctioneer
Mark Beaubien-
One of Chicagoua’s first successful hoteliers (developed from his boarding house)


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