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Baltic in Holmes County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
Bouquet’s Trail, 1764 / Port Washington Road
 
Port Washington Road Photo, Click for full size
By Carl Breth, October 30, 2007
1. Port Washington Road
 
Inscription. Bouquet’s Trail, 1764. Unsatisfied by the treaty that ended the French and Indian War, Ottawa chief Pontiac led a confederacy of Native American tribes in attacks against the British frontier forts during 1763, a campaign known as “Pontiac’s Conspiracy.” In October 1764, Colonel Henry Bouquet led a 1500- man army into the Ohio country from Fort Pitt (present-day Pittsburgh) as a demonstration of British force and to free captives held by several tribes. Informed of possible attack, Bouquet diverted his army overland from his Tuscarawas River valley route and here deployed his forces into three lines: a group of scouts on each ridge and the main force along present Route 93. Evidence of artillery emplacements and infantry breastworks remained visible for many years.

Port Washington Road. The Village of Baltic lies at the intersection of two historic travelways. Present-day Route 93 follows the path of Bouquet’s Expedition in 1764. Following a trail long used by both buffalo and Native Americans, the Port Washington Road (now Route 651) was established as an overland route for Holmes County farmers to the Ohio & Erie Canal at Port Washington. In 1832, the Ohio legislature designated it State Road No. 20, the first such road in Ohio to meet state specifications. Baltic, known as Rowville until 1883,
 
Bouquet's Trail Face of Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Carl Breth, October 30, 2007
2. Bouquet's Trail Face of Marker
 
was the halfway point in the two-day journey between Millersburg and the canal port and had several inns to accommodate travelers. The arrival of the Connotton Railroad in 1881 led to its decline in importance.
 
Erected 2001 by Baltic Area Historical Society, The Rosenberry Foundation, Ohio Central Railroad, The Ohio Historical Society. (Marker Number 11-79.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Ohio Historical Society marker series.
 
Location. 40° 26.888′ N, 81° 41.925′ W. Marker is in Baltic, Ohio, in Holmes County. Marker is on North Ray Street (Ohio Route 93) north of Ohio Route 651, on the left when traveling north. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Baltic OH 43804, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 13 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. History of Shanesville (approx. 5 miles away); Flame of Freedom (approx. 5 miles away); Jonas Stutzman (approx. 5.9 miles away); Dr. William Edgar Lower Co/Founder of Cleveland Clinic (approx. 7.2 miles away); Koquechagachton (approx. 11 miles away); Pennsylvania National Guard Troop Train Accident, September 1950 (approx. 12.2 miles away); West Lafayette Volunteer Fire Department Centennial (approx. 12.2 miles away); Cy Young (approx. 12.6 miles away).
 
More about this marker. Interestingly, the marker's number (-79) indicates a marker intended to be placed within Tuscarawas County, according to the Ohio Historical Society. This marker is less than a mile inside Holmes County.
 
Additional keywords. Pontiac's Rebellion
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on November 4, 2007, by Carl Breth of Willoughby Hills, Ohio. This page has been viewed 1,767 times since then. Last updated on November 16, 2008, by Donald E Scheetz of Baltic, Ohio. Photos:   1. submitted on November 7, 2007, by Carl Breth of Willoughby Hills, Ohio.   2. submitted on November 4, 2007, by Carl Breth of Willoughby Hills, Ohio. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.
 
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