Historic Marker - Jesuit ties
Pere Marquette established in 1671 the Mission of St. Igance. French troops soon after built Fort Buade. The state's second oldest white village guarded the Straits while serving as the most important French fur post in the northwest. By 1706, both the fort and mission were abandoned. Only in the 19th century did lumbering and fishing revive the town.
"St. Ignace" is named after the founder of the Jesuit order, Ignatius Loyola (1491-1556). I believe that it's the only town in the United States to be named after him.