John Kinzie Clark

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This article is about John Kinzie Clark. For other people named John Kinzie, see John Kinzie (disambiguation).

John Kinzie Clark (1792–1865) was a trader, trapper and a prominent early settler in the Chicago area. He was raised by Native Americans, who called him Nonimoa or Prairie Wolf. Clark first arrived at Fort Dearborn in 1818.[1] In 1830, Clark settled in the vicinity of today's Jefferson Park area where he built a log cabin on the prairie.[2] Hired to carry mail by horseback between Chicago and Milwaukee, he would make stops in Deerfield with provisions for early settlers there.[3] Clark eventually moved to Deerfield, where he is buried at the Deerfield Cemetery.[4]

Prairie Wolf Slough, a forest preserve in Deerfield, Illinois just north of Deerfield High School is named for Clark using his Native American name.

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