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Glenford in Licking County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Flint Ridge

 
 
Flint Ridge Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., October 19, 2008
1. Flint Ridge Marker
Inscription. Flint Ridge is a chain of long, narrow hills extending from a few miles east of Newark almost to Zanesville, a distance of more than twenty miles. The surface of these hills is underlain with an irregular layer of flint, which may be only a few inches or several feet in thickness and varies greatly in color and texture. In many places along this ridge the soil has been eroded revealing the underlying flint. You are standing on one of these outcroppings.

Flint is formed by a geologic process whereby the softer limestones and shales are replaced with much harder silica. Due to its high quartz content, flint polishes beautifully and exceptional pieces of jewelry can be made from it. The 106th General Assembly designated flint as Ohio's official gem stone in 1965 because of its occurrence in several parts of Ohio, particularly Flint Ridge, and because of its importance as a semi-precious gem stone.

Flint is both hard and brittle and thus can be broken into pieces that have razor sharp edges. For this reason Indians as long as 9000 years ago traveled to this ridge to secure the rock for making projectile points, knives, and scrapers. The area is now covered with hundreds of shallow pits from which flint has been quarried through the ages: several are visible along the trails. The pre-historic Indians broke off chunks
Flint Ridge Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., October 19, 2008
2. Flint Ridge Marker
of flint with stone mauls or pried them out of the pits with wooden poles. They broke the chunks into usable pieces with hammerstones, as shown here, and then proceeded to chip the flint for various purposes.
 
Erected 1979 by The Ohio Historical Society.
 
Location. 39° 59.274′ N, 82° 15.747′ W. Marker is in Glenford, Ohio, in Licking County. Click for map. Marker is on the grounds of Flint Ridge State Memorial, along the trail leading to the Dilley Museum. Marker is at or near this postal address: 7091 Brownsville Road SE, Glenford OH 43739, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 9 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The Gilbert W. Dilley Museum at Flint Ridge (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Flint Ridge (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Eagles Nest (approx. 2.7 miles away); a different marker also named Eagle’s Nest (approx. 2.8 miles away); Fairmount Cemetery Veterans Memorial (approx. 6.8 miles away); Beard-Green Cemetery in the Dawes Arboretum (approx. 8.1 miles away); Licking Township Fallen Firemen (approx. 8.1 miles away); Dawes Arboretum Hedge (approx. 8.3 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Glenford.
 
Also see . . .
Flint Ridge Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., October 17, 2008
3. Flint Ridge Marker
Note chucks of flint at base of marker.

1. Flint Ridge. (Submitted on March 31, 2009, by Christopher Busta-Peck of Shaker Heights, Ohio.)
2. Flint Ridge - Ohio History Central. (Submitted on March 31, 2009, by Christopher Busta-Peck of Shaker Heights, Ohio.)
 
Categories. AnthropologyNative AmericansNatural Resources
 
Pavilion Marker With Polished Flint Border image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., October 19, 2008
4. Pavilion Marker With Polished Flint Border
Note variety of colors and textures.
Picnic Pavilion with Polished Flint Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., October 19, 2008
5. Picnic Pavilion with Polished Flint Marker
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 1,476 times since then and 5 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on , by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. • Kevin W. was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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