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Fort McArthur

Ohio Revolutionary Memorial Trail

 
 
Fort McArthur Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Dale K. Benington, June 17, 2008
1. Fort McArthur Marker
Inscription.
About 3 miles west - site of
Fort McArthur
»»««
Erected 1812, by Colonel
Duncan McArthur, as one
of the forts along the line
of General Hull's march
against the British head-
quarters at Detroit.

 
Erected 1930 by Ohio Revolutionary Memorial Commission. (Marker Number C35.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Ohio Revolutionary Memorial Commission marker series.
 
Location. 40° 38.836′ N, 83° 36.554′ W. Marker is in Kenton, Ohio, in Hardin County. Marker is on North Detroit Street (U.S. 68) near East Franklin Street (Ohio Route 309), on the right when traveling north. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Kenton OH 43326, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The Hardin County Courthouse (within shouting distance of this marker); "The Liberty Garden" (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Mad River Railroad (about 700 feet away); Kenton Hardware Company (approx. 0.6 miles away); Jacob Parrott
Fort McArthur Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Dale K. Benington, June 17, 2008
2. Fort McArthur Marker
View of the historical marker in front of the Hardin County Courthouse.
(approx. 1.1 miles away); This Tablet Marks Hull’s Trail; 1812 (approx. 3.1 miles away); Fort McArthur Cemetery (approx. 3.6 miles away); Hull's Trail, 1812 (approx. 4.6 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Kenton.
 
More about this marker. Although this historical marker is located in downtown Kenton, Ohio, on the front lawn of the Hardin County Courthouse, it is not situated at the actual site of Fort McArthur. The actual location of this War of 1812 era fortification is about 3 miles, to the WSW, outside of town, on the banks of the Scioto River.
 
Regarding Fort McArthur. Shortly before the start of the War of 1812 the American General William Hull, the commander of the American fortification on Michigan's border with Canada (located in Detroit), believed that unless his position was reinforced with additional troops, that his command would be in serious trouble once the war finally got under way. So he took it upon himself to travel down to southern Ohio in order to raise those additional troops.

As soon as General Hull had raised himself an army of soldiers, he began to march northward from Urbana, Ohio. Since much
Fort McArthur Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Dale K. Benington, June 17, 2008
3. Fort McArthur Marker
View of the historical marker situated near the intersection of US 68 and State Route 309. Much of General Hull's Trail northward, from Urbana, Ohio to Findlay, Ohio, follows modern day US 68.
of the territory between Urbana and Detroit was a hostile wilderness through both territory controlled by pro-British Native Americans and an inhospitable region know as the Black Swamp, General Hull built a string of fortifications, along his route, in order to protect his lines of supply and communication. One of those fortifications, built to protect the crossing of the Scioto River, was Fort McArthur.
 
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. To better understand the relationship, study each marker in the order shown.
 
Also see . . .
1. Hull's Road. This is a link to information provided by Ohio History Central, an online encyclopedia of Ohio History. (Submitted on August 13, 2010, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio.) 

2. Ohio Revolutionary Memorial Trail System. A description of the Revolutionary Memorial Trail System developed by the state of Ohio in 1929 - 1930. (Submitted on November 17, 2010, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio.) 

3. Cartographic Map of the (Western) Ohio Revolutionary Memorial Trail, 1930. This is a link to information provided by the Midpointe Library System. Middletown, Trenton, West Chester, Ohio (Submitted on September 7, 2014, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio.) 

4. 1931 'Biennium Report of the Ohio Revolutionary Memorial Commission'. This is a link to information provided by the Ohio
Fort McArthur Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Dale K. Benington, June 17, 2008
4. Fort McArthur Marker
View of the historical marker that is located near the actual site of Fort McArthur, 3 some miles from the Hardin County courthouse. The actual site of the fort is along the tree line that is situated along the banks of the Scioto River, which is in the background of the picture.
War of 1812 Bicentennial Commission's website, regarding the Ohio Revolutionary Memorial Commission's military trails system and trail markers. (Submitted on March 24, 2016, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio.) 
 
Categories. Forts, CastlesWar of 1812
 
Ohio Revolutionary Memorial Trail Map Photo, Click for full size
Image courtesy of the MidPointe Library System (www.MidPointeLibrary.org)
5. Ohio Revolutionary Memorial Trail Map
A view of an original Ohio Revolutionary Memorial Trail Map, from 1930. For a better view double click on this picture.
 
 
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