Edward Israel Arctic Pioneer
Posted by: S5280ft
N 42° 17.609 W 085° 36.285
16T E 615019 N 4683304
Quick Description: Located in Mountain Home Cemetery west of the entrance on the north side of Main Street (M-43), between Monroe and Prospect Street. Parking is available.
Location: Michigan, United States
Date Posted: 5/1/2007 6:58:13 PM
Waymark Code: WM1G3M
Near here is the grave of Edward Israel, who went on the nation's first polar expedition, led by Lieutenant Adolphus W. Greely. The team set out in 1881 for Ellesmere Island in the Arctic Ocean. Expedition scientist was Israel of Kalamazoo, age twenty-two, a recent graduate of the University of Michigan. He collected valuable astronomical information and assisted Greely in many administrative chores. Disaster struck in 1883 when the relief ship was sunk en route. After a severe winter, eighteen of the twenty-five expedition members died. Israel died on May 27, 1884. The entire city of Kalamazoo, with mixed sorrow and pride, honored Israel when the body was returned in August of that year.
Historical Date: 05/27/1884
Historical Name: Edward Israel, Adolphus W. Greely
Parking nearby?: yes
website: [Web Link]
Registered Site #: Local Site #0203
Description: Not listed
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