Bellefontaine in Logan County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
The Railroad in Logan County
The Railroad in Logan County Bellefontaine was a railroad town from the 1890ís to the 1950ís. The city was the site of one of the largest roundhouses and repair centers on the Big Four/ New York Central Lines and trains stopped here to have steam engines serviced and to switch crews. Up to ninety freight trains and over forty passenger trains came to Bellefontaine each day. The railroad was a major employer in Logan County. Over two hundred employees worked at the roundhouse and shops at any one time and many others were members of the train crews, Bellefontaineís importance as a railroad center waned in the 1960ís with the increased use of diesel engines, newer technology and other modes of transportation. Yet, the railroad and itís workers left an indelible.mark on the history of Bellefontaine.
Railroad YMCA Bellefontaineís significance as a railroad town brought many railroad workers to the area. The workers who did not live here needed a place to stay and eat while they waited for their next shifts. In 1901 the Big Four Railroad opened the first YMCA in Bellefontaine and in 1923 built a larger building at this site to house and feed itís transitory employees. The building contained forty- nine small bedrooms, a restaurant, and a special center
Erected 2010 by Levi W. Lile & Nancy Nicholl Lile The Ohio Historical Society. (Marker Number S 12-46.)
Marker series. This marker is included in the Ohio Historical Society / The Ohio History Connection marker series.
Location. 40° 21.708′ N, 83° 45.792′ W. Marker is in Bellefontaine, Ohio, in Logan County. Marker is at the intersection of North Elm Street and West Columbus Avenue, on the right when traveling north on North Elm Street. Click for map. marker is in a small park at the west of the Bellefontaine Municipal Court Building it is at the north east corner of North Elm, and West Columbus Avenue, the site of the old YMCA Bellefontaine Municipal Court is located at 226 West Columbus Avenue. Marker is at or near this postal address: 101 North Elm, Bellefontaine OH 43311, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Free Servicemen's Canteen, 1942-1946 (within shouting distance of this marker); Powell Park, the Old Burial Ground (about 800 feet away, measured in a direct line); General Robert Patterson Kennedy George Washington Memorial Tree (approx. 0.2 miles away); Blue Jacket Town (approx. 0.2 miles away); Logan County Veterans Memorial (approx. 0.2 miles away); Bellefontaine World War I Memorial (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Honorable William Lawrence (approx. 0.2 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Bellefontaine.
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