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Eaton in Preble County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

William Bruce

 
 
William Bruce Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., February 15, 2009
1. William Bruce Marker
Inscription. William Bruce founded and platted the city of Eaton in 1806. Born in Virginia in 1762, Bruce relocated to Ohio in 1793. In 1806, he purchased nearly two thousand acres of land from the government for the founding of Eaton. Bruce, a Revolutionary War veteran, named the town for General William Eaton, a veteran of the Tripolitan War, a war fought between the United States and the Barbary States from 1800-1805. Some of Eaton's principal streets also took their names from other Tripolitan War veterans, including Somers, Decatur, and Israel. Bruce established the first sawmill and gristmill in Eaton and often distributed corn meal to the needy and deserving. He also made liberal donations of land for the benefit of the town, and sold many lots inexpensively or on partial payment to induce settlers to locate in the town. William Bruce died in 1830 and is interred in the Mound Hill Cemetery in Eaton.
 
Erected 2006 by Brooke-Gould Memorial Bicentennial Park and The Ohio Historical Society. (Marker Number 6-68.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Ohio Historical Society / The Ohio History Connection marker series.
 
Location. 39° 44.64′ N, 84° 38.178′ W. Marker is in Eaton, Ohio, in Preble
William Bruce Marker in Brooke-Gould Memorial Bicentennial Park image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., February 15, 2009
2. William Bruce Marker in Brooke-Gould Memorial Bicentennial Park
County. Marker is at the intersection of Main Street (U.S. 35) and Barron Street (U.S. 127), on the left when traveling west on Main Street. Click for map. Marker is at Brooke-Gould Memorial Bicentennial Park, across Barron Street from the Preble County Courthouse. Marker is in this post office area: Eaton OH 45320, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within one mile of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Preble County Courthouse (a few steps from this marker); Roberts Bridge / Timber Covered Bridge (approx. mile away); Roberts Bridge (approx. 0.3 miles away); Mound Hill Cemetery Civil War Memorial (approx. 0.6 miles away); Monument at Mound Hill Cemetery (approx. 0.6 miles away); Birthplace of Swine Improvement in America (approx. 0.8 miles away); Ortt's Preble County Civil War Memorial (approx. 0.9 miles away); Site of Fort St. Clair (approx. one mile away). Click for a list of all markers in Eaton.
 
Categories. HeroesIndustry & CommercePatriots & PatriotismSettlements & SettlersWar, US Revolutionary
 
William Bruce Statue image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., February 15, 2009
3. William Bruce Statue
William Bruce Statue in Brooke-Gould Memorial Bicentennial Park image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., February 15, 2009
4. William Bruce Statue in Brooke-Gould Memorial Bicentennial Park
William Bruce Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., February 15, 2009
5. William Bruce Marker
William Bruce Grave Marker in Mound Hill Cemetery image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., February 15, 2009
6. William Bruce Grave Marker in Mound Hill Cemetery
William Bruce Grave Marker in Mound Hill Cemetery image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., February 15, 2009
7. William Bruce Grave Marker in Mound Hill Cemetery
In memory of William Bruce. Laid out Eaton in 1806. Donated ground for public square, churches, school and cemetery. Built the first merchant mill. A kind father and friend to the poor.
William Bruce Grave Marker Base of Mill Stones image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., February 15, 2009
8. William Bruce Grave Marker Base of Mill Stones
Brooke-Gould Memorial Bicentennial Park Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., February 15, 2009
9. Brooke-Gould Memorial Bicentennial Park Marker
Brooke-Gould Memorial Centennial Park Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., February 15, 2009
10. Brooke-Gould Memorial Centennial Park Marker
 
 
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