Busenbark in Butler County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
Busenbark / Dr. Charles F. Richter
1900 - 1985
—An originator of the Richter Scale —
Side A: Busenbark
In 1833, Robert Busenbark deeded land to the directors of School District No. 6 for Busenbark School. Twenty years later, Robert and son David granted a right-of-way on their property for a station on the Cincinnati, Hamilton & Dayton Railroad (CH&D). One of eleven depots in Butler County, Busenbark station attracted the Kinsinger-Augspurger Warehouse and the Kennel Grain Elevator to the area in the 1860s. The railroad also enabled the cross-roads settlement to host an American championship prize fight in 1867. Fighting with bare knuckles in an outdoor ring, Mike McCoole bested Aaron Jones in a match seen by thousands.
The Busenbark generating station supplied power to interurban lines until 1912 and later furnished electricity to local residents. Farmers and the Miami Poultry Yards depended on the trains and interurban to ship produce. The railroad depot disappeared between 1914 and 1916; the school closed after 1937; interurban service ended in 1939. All that remains of Busenbark is Busenbark Road, which was established in 1858.
Side B: Dr. Charles F. Richter
Charles F. Richter was born approximately one mile from Busenbark at Sunnyside Farm on Wehr Road, Overpeck. In 1909, his family moved to California. In 1928, Richter received his Ph.D. in theoretical physics from the
Erected 1999 by Trenton Historical Society, Miami Machine Corporation, and The Ohio Historical Society. (Marker Number 8-9.)
Marker series. This marker is included in the Ohio Historical Society / The Ohio History Connection marker series.
Location. 39° 27.944′ N, 84° 29.151′ W. Marker is in Busenbark, Ohio, in Butler County. Marker is at the intersection of Hamilton-Trenton Road and Busenbark Road, on the right when traveling north on Hamilton-Trenton Road. Click for map. Marker is also about 300 feet NE of the intersection of Hamilton-Trenton Road and Riverside Drive, just NW of the railroad tracks. Marker is in this post office area: Trenton OH 45067, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 miles of this The Village of Trenton / The Elk Creek Baptist Church and Cemetery (approx. 1.8 miles away); Founder's Park (approx. 1.8 miles away); Village of Miltonville (approx. 2.8 miles away); Bambo Harris Grist Mill (approx. 2.8 miles away); Gen. Anthony Wayne (approx. 3.2 miles away); Road of Remembrance (approx. 3.6 miles away); Middletown Veterans Memorial (approx. 4.7 miles away); Middletown Korean Conflict Memorial (approx. 4.8 miles away).
Also see . . .
1. USGS Interview with Charles Richter. (Submitted on March 12, 2010, by William Fischer, Jr. of Fort Scott, Kansas.)
2. Charles F. Richter. (Submitted on March 12, 2010, by William Fischer, Jr. of Fort Scott, Kansas.)
3. Cal Tech Interview with Charles Richter. (Submitted on March 12, 2010, by William Fischer, Jr. of Fort Scott, Kansas.)
4. Busenbark, Ohio. (Submitted on March 12, 2010, by William Fischer, Jr. of Fort Scott, Kansas.)
Categories. • 20th Century • Notable Persons •
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