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Galion in Crawford County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

U.S.S. Constitution Cannon

 
 
U.S.S. Constitution Cannon Marker Photo, Click for full size
By William Fischer, Jr., June 6, 2009
1. U.S.S. Constitution Cannon Marker
Inscription. This cannon, formerly mounted on the U.S.S. Constitution “Old Ironsides” was obtained by the City of Galion from the Boston Navy Yards in 1934.

The Constitution, build in 1797, saw action in the Barbary Coast War and the War of 1812. After many battles, the frigate was ordered destroyed in 1830, but public sentiment saved it for rebuilding. In 1855 it was retired as a training ship, was rebuilt and re-activated in 1877, and was drydocked and repaired as a memorial on its 100th anniversary in 1897.

In 1930, Congress appropriated $300,000 to put “Old Ironsides” back to sea to turn in 22,000 miles visiting American ports before final retirement and dismantlement in 1933.

Galion Mayor Wilbur M. King obtained one of “Old Ironsides” cannons through a navy friend and it was brought to Galion in 1934 with shipping costs paid by L.M. Ligget, then president of Hercules Products, Inc. The cannon stood in front of the Hercules Sherman Street plant until 1962.

It was placed here by Galion Lodge 71 of the Fraternal Order of Police as a part of a memorial to all Ohio Law Enforcement officers dedicated on Oct. 15, 1967.
 
Erected by City of Galion, Fraternal Order of Police Lodge No. 71, and Galion Lions Club.
 
Location.
U.S.S. Constitution Cannon and Marker Photo, Click for full size
By William Fischer, Jr., June 6, 2009
2. U.S.S. Constitution Cannon and Marker
40° 42.717′ N, 82° 48.848′ W. Marker is in Galion, Ohio, in Crawford County. Marker is at the intersection of Ohio Route 309 and Crawford-Morrow County Line Road, on the left when traveling north on State Route 309. Click for map. Marker is near the entrance to Galion Reservoir Park. Marker is in this post office area: Galion OH 44833, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 9 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Galion Veterans Memorial / Flag Plaza (approx. 2.1 miles away); Big Four Depot (approx. 2.2 miles away); Ohio Central College (approx. 3.3 miles away); Harding Birthplace (approx. 5.4 miles away); Olentangy Battle (approx. 5.9 miles away); Seccaium (approx. 5.9 miles away); To the Memory of Colonel Wm. Crawford (approx. 6.2 miles away); Knisley Springs Farm (approx. 8.6 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Galion.
 
Categories. Fraternal or Sororal OrganizationsGovernmentMilitaryWar of 1812Waterways & Vessels
 
U.S.S. Constitution Cannon and Marker Photo, Click for full size
By William Fischer, Jr., June 6, 2009
3. U.S.S. Constitution Cannon and Marker
Galion Peace Officers and Police Department Memorials behind cannon.
U.S.S. Constitution Cannon and Peacekeepers Memorial Photo, Click for full size
By William Fischer, Jr., June 6, 2009
4. U.S.S. Constitution Cannon and Peacekeepers Memorial
Looking northeast toward road intersection.
Lions Club Marker on Cannon Base Photo, Click for full size
By William Fischer, Jr., June 6, 2009
5. Lions Club Marker on Cannon Base
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by William Fischer, Jr. of Fort Scott, Kansas. This page has been viewed 1,207 times since then and 87 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on , by William Fischer, Jr. of Fort Scott, Kansas. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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