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Put-In-Bay in Ottawa County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Joseph De Rivera St. Jurgo, 1813-1889

 
 
Joseph De Rivera St. Jurgo, 1813-1889 Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, July 25, 2011
1. Joseph De Rivera St. Jurgo, 1813-1889 Marker
Inscription. Entrepreneur and philanthropist Joseph (Josť) de Rivera was born in Barcelona, Spain, and built an import business in New York City. In 1854, he bought six Lake Erie Islands and had South Bass Island surveyed and subdivided into ten-acre lots. De Rivera traveled between New York and South Bass Island, initially turning Put-in-Bay into a sheep farm. He encouraged settlement on the island and its wine industry by helping German immigrants purchase land to plant vineyards. He donated five acres for this waterfront park, the site for the first school, and the land for the first church. To promote travel to the island, de Rivera opened the island's largest cave as a tourist attraction. He is buried in the island's cemetery, which is on land he donated for that purpose.
 
Erected 2003 by Ohio Bicentennial Commission, De Rivera Park Trust, Lake Erie Islands Historical Soicety, and The Ohio Historical Society. (Marker Number 13-62.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Ohio Historical Society / The Ohio History Connection marker series.
 
Location. 41° 39.203′ N, 82° 49.014′ W. Marker is in Put-In-Bay, Ohio, in Ottawa County. Marker can be reached from Bayview Avenue (Ohio Route 357) west
Joseph De Rivera St. Jurgo, 1813-1889 Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, July 25, 2011
2. Joseph De Rivera St. Jurgo, 1813-1889 Marker
View looking south, of the historical marker with the downtown business district in the background.
of Hartford Avenue. Click for map. This historical marker is located near the public restroom facility, that is located in the middle of Perry Park, just off the waterfront, in the downtown business district. Marker is in this post office area: Put in Bay OH 43456, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 6 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Oelschlager's Dry Goods Store (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Within This Enclosure (about 500 feet away); Perry's Victory and International Peace Memorial (approx. 0.3 miles away); Gibraltar Monument (approx. 0.4 miles away); Jay Cooke Mansion (approx. 0.4 miles away); Gibraltar Island (approx. 0.6 miles away); South Bass Island Light (approx. 2.1 miles away); Boundary Marker (approx. 5.9 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Put-In-Bay.
 
Categories. Settlements & Settlers
 
Joseph De Rivera St. Jurgo, 1813-1889 Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, July 25, 2011
3. Joseph De Rivera St. Jurgo, 1813-1889 Marker
View of the historical marker looking southwest along one of Perry Park's walkways.
Joseph De Rivera St. Jurgo, 1813-1889 Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, July 25, 2011
4. Joseph De Rivera St. Jurgo, 1813-1889 Marker
View looking north, of the historical marker with the public restroom facility in the right background and the waterfront in the distant background.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio. This page has been viewed 457 times since then and 23 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on , by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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