Akron in Summit County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
The Portage Path Connected Lake Erie with the Ohio River
The First Americans
You are standing at the North Terminus of the renewed Portage Path, which formed the vital link in the shortest and best water route between the great lake to the north and the rivers flowing south. The trail was created and reversed by the First Americans, perhaps 2000 years ago by the Mound Builders whose work still stands 2-1/4 miles north of here. Later the Erie Indians occupied this land until the late 1500's. Other tribes, notably the Delaware, moved to this area in the 1700's to establish camps and villages, including a major village, "Cuyahoga Town," here at Old Portage where two important Indian trails intersected.
The White People Came
The Portage Path was an important landmark to the white explorers possibly as early as the French in the 1600's. The portage appeared on an English map of 1728. James Smith wrote of traveling the path in 1756 while a captive of the Delawares. The Treaty of Fort McIntosh in 1785 set the new western boundary of the United States along the Portage Path. The Treaty of Greenville in 1795 opened the land for white settlement in the Western Reserve east of the portage and Moses Warren surveyed the path in 1797. Land to the west was surveyed after the 1805 Treaty of Fort Industry and today local property is still recorded as either east or west
The sculptures at each terminus honoring the first Americans were created by an American Indian, Peter Jones, a member of the Onondaga tribe.
Erected 2002 by Summit County Historical Society, City of Akron, and Metro Parks Serving Summit County.
Location. 41° 7.986′ N, 81° 32.883′ 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 at the Portage Path North Terminus Memorial Park. 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. 1797 Portage Path Survey (here, next to this marker); Yeck Family Portage Path North Terminus Memorial (a few steps from this marker); The Old Portage Path (a few steps from this marker); Portage Path North Terminus (a few steps from this marker); Treaty of Fort McIntosh Boundary Line (approx. 0.4 miles away); The Gate Lodge, Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens (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.
Related markers. list of markers that are related to this marker.
Also see . . .
1. Portage Path. (Submitted on October 25, 2011, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. Moses Warren Letters at the University of Michigan. (Submitted on October 25, 2011, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
3. Delaware Indians. (Submitted on October 25, 2011, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
4. The Treaty of Fort Industry. (Submitted on October 26, 2011, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
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Credits. This page originally submitted on , by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 635 times since then and 18 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.