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Point Pleasant in Clermont County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Grant Birthplace

1st President born in a “mobile home”

 
 
Grant Birthplace Marker image. Click for full size.
By William J. Toman, July 20, 2011
1. Grant Birthplace Marker
Inscription. Point Pleasant was a tiny huddle of cabins in what was considered the raw Western frontier in 1822. Grant's family lived here until he was about a year old and then moved to Georgetown, Ohio. Neither Grant nor his family would have imagined his birthplace would become a "mobile home."

After Grant's death in 1885, the house became a traveling memorial to the Civil War hero and president. The house was moved by towboat to Cincinnati for public exhibition. In 1888, it was displayed at Goodale Park in Columbus during the celebration of the centennial of the Northwest Territory. It then went on a tour across the nation traveling on a railroad car. The house was set up at the State Fairgrounds in Columbus, and in 1896 the Grant Memorial Building was constructed to surround and preserve the structure.

The 100th anniversary of Grant's birth created new interest in the house, and many people began to call for its return to Point Pleasant. In 1936, the birthplace was dismantled in sections and shipped by six trucks. The building was erected in sections on its original stone foundation. Evidence suggests much of the original fabric of the birthplace was replaced during and immediately after the move. After an absence of nearly 50 years, dedication services celebrating the return and "restoration" of the birthplace were held.
Grant Birthplace Marker image. Click for full size.
By William J. Toman, July 20, 2011
2. Grant Birthplace Marker
The Grant birthplace is in the background.

 
Location. 38° 53.66′ N, 84° 13.964′ W. Marker is in Point Pleasant, Ohio, in Clermont County. Marker is at the intersection of State Highway 232 and Ohio River Scenic Byway (U.S. 52), on the right when traveling west on State Highway 232. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: New Richmond OH 45157, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. U. S. Grant Birthplace (here, next to this marker); Ulysses Grant (here, next to this marker); U.S. Grant Historic District (a few steps from this marker); Ulysses Simpson Grant (within shouting distance of this marker); Grant Memorial Bridge (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Ulysses Simpson Grant (within shouting distance of this marker); Henry Clark Corbin / Colclazer Run (approx. 1.5 miles away); Mt. Zion Chapel / Mt. Zion Cemetery - Lafayette School (approx. 1.6 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Point Pleasant.
 
More about this marker. The caption for the top photo is "Visitors to the house during its tour following Grant's death," with a credit to the Ohio Historical Society collections.

The caption for the bottom photo is "President McKinley at the Grant Memorial Building, Ohio State Fair, Columbus,"
Related "The Land of Grant" Marker image. Click for full size.
By William J. Toman
3. Related "The Land of Grant" Marker
This marker shows area Grant-related locations: the Grant birthplace in Point Pleasant, Ohio and the Grant boyhood home and schoolhouse in Georgetown, Ohio.
with a credit to the Ohio Historical Society collections.
 
Categories. Notable BuildingsNotable PersonsWar, US Civil
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by William J. Toman of Green Lake, Wisconsin. This page has been viewed 432 times since then and 7 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on , by William J. Toman of Green Lake, Wisconsin.   2, 3. submitted on , by William J. Toman of Green Lake, Wisconsin. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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