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

Athens First Settlement - 1797

 
 
Athens First Settlement - 1797 Marker image. Click for full size.
By Jamie Abel, May 4, 2011
1. Athens First Settlement - 1797 Marker
Inscription.
In the spring of 1797, Rufus Putnam sent eleven “substantial men ... possessing firmness of character, courage, and discretion” to found a settlement on the bank of the Hockhocking River. In 1800 the territorial legislature named the community Athens and in 1811 the village was incorporated. In 1912 the population exceeded 5,000 and Athens officially became a city.

Athens Bicentennial Celebration - 1997
Bicentennial Steering Committee
Richard B. Abel, Mayor, City of Athens
Verda B. Jones, Committee Chair
George W. Bain • John D. Good
Crompton B. Burton • Guy C. Phillips
Robert L. Daniel • Joanne D. Prisley
Gail G. Good • Don F. Stout
Bicentennial logo designed by Ted Gallagher and Don F. Stout

 
Erected 1997 by Athens Foundation.
 
Location. 39° 19.752′ N, 82° 6.036′ W. Marker is in Athens, Ohio, in Athens County. Marker is on East Washington Street 0.1 miles east of North Court Street, on the left when traveling east. Click for map. The plaque is located to the left of the front door of the Athens City Building. Marker is in this post office area: Athens OH 45701, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within
Athens First Settlement - 1797 Marker image. Click for full size.
By Jamie Abel, May 4, 2011
2. Athens First Settlement - 1797 Marker
Marker is situated next to the front door of the Athens City Building.
walking distance of this marker. First Settlers in Athens County (within shouting distance of this marker); Athens County Vietnam War Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker); Athens County Revolutionary Soldiers Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker); Ohio University (about 700 feet away, measured in a direct line); Ohio University 1915 Alumni Gateway (about 700 feet away); Athens County Civil War Soldiers and Sailors Memorial (about 700 feet away); Bicentennial of the Northwest Ordinance (about 700 feet away); Student Voices (about 700 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Athens.
 
Also see . . .
1. Athens, Ohio. Wikipedia article on the southeast Ohio city. (Submitted on May 5, 2011, by Jamie Abel of Westerville, Ohio.) 

2. Athens, Ohio. Ohio History Central article on Athens history. (Submitted on May 5, 2011, by Jamie Abel of Westerville, Ohio.) 
 
Categories. Settlements & Settlers
 
Athens First Settlement - 1797 Marker image. Click for full size.
By Jamie Abel, May 4, 2011
3. Athens First Settlement - 1797 Marker
The marker on the City Building, as seen looking across West Washington St.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Jamie Abel of Westerville, Ohio. This page has been viewed 711 times since then and 2 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Jamie Abel of Westerville, Ohio. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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