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Yeck Family Portage Path North Terminus Memorial

Preserving the Trail of the Portage Path

 

—To the Tuscarawas —

 
Yeck Family Portage Path Memorial Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., June 8, 2011
1. Yeck Family Portage Path Memorial Marker
Inscription.
The Portage Path is now marked for all time in bronze to honor and memorialize the American Indian who for untold centuries preserved and cared for this land and its waterways.

During the 1990's, the Yeck Family initiated a program to research, re-survey and permanently identify the true trail of the Portage Path with a series of markers patterned after a locally found Indian cutting tool of flint and to create at each terminus a landscaped park with a sculpture of an Indian and his canoe. This memorial to recognize and preserve the culture and heritage of the First Americans is a gift to the community in appreciation of the opportunities afforded the Yeck Family whose forebears first experienced the benefits of life in the bountiful Cuyahoga and Tuscarawas watershed when they first arrived from France, Germany and Switzerland in the mid-1800's to build a pottery and found a meat packing business. Their names were Jaeck and Wingerter, Schell and Meder. The first U.S. generation included a son, Augustus Yeck (1874-1961), who as a farm boy lived in a log house on the Portage Path when it was a narrow dirt road and who later became a well-regarded retail shoe merchant, and a daughter, Bertha Elizabeth Schell Yeck (1878-1963), one of Akron's early businesswomen. This memorial is dedicated to them by their sons John David Yeck
Yeck Family Portage Path Memorial and Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., June 8, 2011
2. Yeck Family Portage Path Memorial and Marker
Looking ESE, with Merriman Road in background
and William Schell Yeck who were afforded extraordinary guidance, experiences and opportunities by many wonderful people - their parents and family, school and church teachers, friends and Boy Scout leaders from whom they also learned to respect and admire the Indian culture, while growing up in Akron and Summit County during the 1920's and 1930's.
 
Erected 2002 by Yeck Family.
 
Location. 41° 7.987′ N, 81° 32.891′ W. Marker is in Akron, Ohio, in Summit County. Marker is at the intersection of Portage Path and Merriman Road, on the right when traveling north on Portage Path. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Akron OH 44313, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The Portage Path Connected Lake Erie with the Ohio River (a few steps from this marker); 1797 Portage Path Survey (a few steps from this marker); The Old Portage Path (a few steps from this marker); Portage Path North Terminus (within shouting distance of this marker); Treaty of Fort McIntosh Boundary Line (approx. 0.4 miles away); The Gate Lodge, Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens
Yeck Family Portage Path Memorial North Terminus Sculpture image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., June 8, 2011
3. Yeck Family Portage Path Memorial North Terminus Sculpture
(approx. 1.1 miles away); Stan Hywet Hall (approx. 1.1 miles away); Astronaut Judith Resnik (approx. 1.3 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Akron.
 
Also see . . .  Portage Path. (Submitted on October 25, 2011, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
 
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Yeck Family Portage Path Demarcation Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., June 8, 2011
4. Yeck Family Portage Path Demarcation Marker
Set at locations along the historical Portage Path
Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath Trail Metro Parks Sign image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., June 8, 2011
5. Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath Trail Metro Parks Sign
Located near the Portage Path North Terminus park. Looking north, with modern Portage Path (road) traffic in upper left of photo
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 559 times since then and 4 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on , by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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