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Wilmington in Clinton County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Indian Trails of Clinton County

 
 
Indian Trails of Clinton County Marker (Side A) image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., January 18, 2010
1. Indian Trails of Clinton County Marker (Side A)
Inscription.
Side A:
Clinton County was a major center of activity for the Shawnee, Miami, and Delaware Indians. Early traces and trails developed as Indians traveled from village to village; gathered flint, salt and gold; traded furs, mica, and feldspar; and hunted bear, deer, otters, raccoons, foxes, wild cats, turkeys, and other wildlife. Trails throughout the county connected to other trails and villages in Ohio such as Lower Shawnee Town (now Portsmouth), Hurricane Tom's Town (now Piketon), Chillicothe, Old Town (near Xenia), and Miami Town (now Dayton). Major trails or traces in Clinton County included the Bullskin, Wayne, Chillicothe, Delaware, Fort Ancient, Kanawha, Kenton and Todds Fork Traces. These routes were the avenues the first white settlers followed.
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Side B:
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Major Indian Traces and Trails in Clinton County became the highways of today and are as follows. South of this sign is Fife Avenue (Old SR 73), which was once part of the Kanawha Trace - a major trade route for the Shawnee, the Cherokees of North Carolina, and the Miamis of Northern Indiana. North of this sign is Rombach Avenue (US 22), which was once part of the Delaware Trace, a hunting route to Kentucky for game and to eastern Ohio for flint. The Mekoce Trace (SR 72) was in eastern
Indian Trails of Clinton County Marker (Side B) image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., January 18, 2010
2. Indian Trails of Clinton County Marker (Side B)
Clinton County and was used as a warrior trail to Kentucky and Michigan. The Bullskin Trace, in western Clinton County, was used as a trade route with the French in Detroit - via SR 132 and 380, George and Mound Rds. The Simon Kenton Trace crosses Antioch Road, south of New Antioch, at the "Downing Lot", which was a Shawnee hunting camp.
 
Erected 2003 by Lower Eastern Ohio Mekoce Shawnee, Clinton County Historical Society, and The Ohio Historical Society. (Marker Number 6-14.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Ohio Historical Society / The Ohio History Connection marker series.
 
Location. 39° 26.589′ N, 83° 48.441′ W. Marker is in Wilmington, Ohio, in Clinton County. Marker is on Fife Avenue, on the right when traveling west. Click for map. Marker is in Williams Memorial Park, about 250 feet SE of the lake and about 200 feet SW of the playground. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1326 Fife Avenue, Wilmington OH 45177, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Kenneth W. Faul (approx. 0.2 miles away); 302nd TCW Aircraft Accident Memorial (approx. 0.2 miles away); 907 TAG C-119G Accident Memorial (approx. 0.2 miles away);
Indian Trails of Clinton County Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., January 18, 2010
3. Indian Trails of Clinton County Marker
Looking northeast.
302 TAW C-123 Accident Memorial (approx. 0.2 miles away); 302 TAW C-119 Accident Memorial (approx. 0.2 miles away); Wilmington War Memorial (approx. 0.3 miles away); J. W. Denver Williams, Jr. (approx. 0.3 miles away); Wilmington College (approx. 0.6 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Wilmington.
 
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Credits. This page originally submitted on , by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 1,509 times since then and 7 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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