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Near Portage in Wood County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Portage Stockade

Ohio Revolutionary Memorial Trail

 
 
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1. Portage Stockade Marker
Inscription.
1000 feet west — site of
Portage Stockade

Built in 1812, by General
Hull, to protect one of his
camps on his march from
Dayton to Detroit.

Garrisoned again in 1813,
by order of General Harrison.

 
Erected 1930 by Ohio Revolutionary Memorial Commission. (Marker Number C.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Ohio Revolutionary Memorial Commission marker series.
 
Location. Marker has been confirmed missing. It was likely located near 41° 19.274′ N, 83° 39.037′ W. Marker was near Portage, Ohio, in Wood County. Marker was on Dixie Highway South (Ohio Route 25) south of Main Street, on the right when traveling south. Click for map. This historical marker was located on the west side of the highway next to the bridge crossing the Portage River (of which there are several). According to both of the Portage Lion Club articles (see related links), the site of this historical marker was just south of the town of Portage, Ohio, on the West Branch of the Portage River. Today, although there are several bridges along the Dixie Highway South that cross different branches of the Portage River,
Site of Missing Portage Stockade Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, November 11, 2010
2. Site of Missing Portage Stockade Marker
View of the area where this historical marker was originally located.
none of them are labeled as being the West Branch of the Portage River (rather they are labeled North, Middle, and South Branches). However, because the articles state in one instance that the marker is "along the west side of route 25, just south of Portage", and in another instance that the marker is "about a mile south of the present village of Portage" (and the North Branch is about a mile from the center of town), and because the official Wood County history states that there was "a small stockade on the north branch of the Portage, called Fort Portage," I am going with the marker having been located on the west side of the North Branch bridge. Marker was in this post office area: Portage OH 43451, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 10 miles of this location, measured as the crow flies. Lunatic House 1885 (approx. 2.7 miles away); Wood County Infirmary (approx. 2.7 miles away); Ridge School 1886-2013 (approx. 4 miles away); First Seventh-Day Adventist Church (approx. 6.1 miles away); Custer Homestead (approx. 8.4 miles away); Wood County's First Masonic Lodge (approx. 9.1 miles away); North Baltimore / Community Firsts (approx. 9.6 miles away); In Memory of Captain Elihu H. Mason (approx. 9.7 miles away).
 
More about this marker.
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By Dale K. Benington, November 11, 2010
3. Site of Missing Portage Stockade Marker
View looking south along State Route 25 of the bridge crossing the North Branch of the Portage River, near where this historical marker was originally located.
In the 1980s I picked up a publication entitled, "Brief History of Wood County, Ohio." With regards to the Portage Stockade and General Hull's march on Detroit through Wood County it states the following: "About the middle of June, 1812, this little settlement was set astir by the arrival of General William Hull with two thousand troups on his way to Detroit. He had come up from Dayton and in order to guard their line of communications had constructed Fort McArthur in Harding County. Findlay on the Blanchard River, a small stockade on the north branch of the Portage, called Fort Portage. These were but temporary defenses and were garrisoned by a few men under petty officers.

The route over which they came was Wood County's pioneer road from north to south and was such miserable excuse for a road that the early settlers called it "Hull Trace."....The army trail entered now Wood County south of North Baltimore, continued north through the eastern section of that present little city, ran just west of now Cygnet, and from the Portage blockhouse veered east, ran north through Bowling Green near the western edge of the Bowling Green State University grounds and crossed the Maumee River about two miles south of Maumee City.
 
Regarding Portage Stockade. Years ago when I was a young child (late 1950s - early 1960s) my parents would drive
Site of Missing Portage Stockade Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, November 11, 2010
4. Site of Missing Portage Stockade Marker
View from the west side of the bridge, near where the Portage Stockade was originally located.
me from our home in Toledo, Ohio to my grandmother's home in Findlay, OH. Because these were the days before Interstate 75 had been constructed, we would drive there on State Route 25, which would take us through Portage, Ohio.

After we passed through Portage we would cross the headwaters of the Portage River, and as we did, I would see a historical marker, beside the bridge, that always intrigued me. Well, many years have passed since I last saw this historical marker and I had all but forgotten about this marker until I was researching markers that were erected by the Ohio Revolutionary Memorial Commission, back in 1930, that I stumble across proof that this distant memory had actually truly existed.

I discovered that the marker indicated the location of a military post that had been part of Hull's Military Trail, during the War of 1812. In attempting to do more research on this topic I discovered two related links that were provided by the Portage Loins Club. In addition to the historical background information shared in the articles, the author also shared his memories of this marker which were remarkably similar to my own.

He stated, "Like me, you may remember seeing a historical marker along the west side of route 25, just south of Portage. The marker had a brass plaque that told about the fort and its location. It was there when I was in grade
Ohio Revolutionary Memorial Trail Map image. 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.
school, but the sign, like the fort itself, is no longer in sight."

 
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. Fort Portage, A Historical Fort In Wood County That Has Long Since Disappeared. This is a link to information provided by the Portage Lions Club. (Submitted on November 12, 2010, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio.) 

2. Portage Stockade. This is a link to more information provided by the Portage Lions Club. (Submitted on November 12, 2010, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio.) 

3. 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 13, 2010, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio.) 

4. Hull's Road. This is a link to information provided by Ohio History Central, an online encyclopedia of Ohio History. (Submitted on November 17, 2010, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio.) 

5. 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 2, 2014, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio.) 

6. 1931 'Biennium Report of the Ohio Revolutionary Memorial Commission'. This is a link to
Ohio Revolutionary Memorial Commission Marker Types image. Click for full size.
By Ohio Revolutionary Memorial Commission
6. Ohio Revolutionary Memorial Commission Marker Types
View of the three types of markers used by the Ohio Revolutionary Memorial Commission. The marker on the left is a type A marker, the marker in the middle is a type C (just like our missing marker), and the marker on the right is a type B.
information provided by the Ohio War of 1812 Bicentennial Commission's website, regarding the Ohio Revolutionary Memorial Commission's military trails system and trail markers. (Submitted on March 25, 2016, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio.) 

7. Salmagundi: The Portage Blockhouse. This is a link to an article written about the Portage Blockhouse. (Submitted on March 26, 2016, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio.) 
 
Categories. Forts, CastlesWar of 1812
 
 
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