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Near Bellefontaine in Logan County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

The Original Burial Place of General Simon Kenton

A Place of Legend

 
 
The Original Burial Place of General Simon Kenton Marker image. Click for full size.
By Rev. Ronald Irick, November 13, 2012
1. The Original Burial Place of General Simon Kenton Marker
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Inscription. The Original Burial Place of General Simon Kenton born in Virginia 1753 -- died Apr. 29, 1836
 
Location. 40° 22.694′ N, 83° 39.393′ W. Marker is near Bellefontaine, Ohio, in Logan County. Marker is on Old Sandusky Trail (Ohio Route 533), on the right when traveling north. Click for map. marker is about 800 feet north of the tiny hamlet of New Jerusalem (intersection of St Rt 540). It is back a grassy lane, after the 2nd driveway to the east. This is private property, but I have always been told there was a public easement to the site. In 2014, St Rt 533 was downgraded to itís original status as a section of Logan County Road 5, the “Old Sandusky Trail”. Marker is at or near this postal address: 199 OH-533, Bellefontaine OH 43311, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Jefferson Township Veterans Memorial (approx. 2.8 miles away); Ebenezer Zane Cabin (approx. 2.9 miles away); Helen Wonders Blue Memorial Park (approx. 2.9 miles away); China Flats (approx. 3 miles away); Historic Logan County (approx. 3 miles away); Myeerah Trail (approx. 3 miles away); Zanesfield (approx. 3 miles away); Site of Fort Wapatomica (approx. 3.1 miles away).
 
Categories. Settlements & Settlers
 
The Original Burial Place of General Simon Kenton Marker image. Click for full size.
By Rev. Ronald Irick, November 13, 2012
2. The Original Burial Place of General Simon Kenton Marker
full view of boulder with bronze plaque
The Original Burial Place of General Simon Kenton Marker image. Click for full size.
By Rev. Ronald Irick, November 13, 2012
3. The Original Burial Place of General Simon Kenton Marker
boulder can be seen at the top of the hill, grassy lane leads from St Rt 533 up through the tree line
The Original Burial Place of General Simon Kenton Marker image. Click for full size.
By Rev. Ronald Irick, November 13, 2012
4. The Original Burial Place of General Simon Kenton Marker
the grassy lane, east off St Rt 533. marker is just out of site at the top of the hill
The Original Burial Place of General Simon Kenton Marker image. Click for full size.
By Rev. Ronald Irick, November 13, 2012
5. The Original Burial Place of General Simon Kenton Marker
my grandson standing beside the marker for perspective
The Original Burial Place of General Simon Kenton Marker image. Click for full size.
By Rev. Ronald Irick
6. The Original Burial Place of General Simon Kenton Marker
1846 drawing of the site, by Henry Howe, from Vol. II of Historical Collections of Ohio. House in background is William Kenton's farm (son of Simon Kenton) The fork in the creek is now under the pond. The original stone marker, in the picket was moved to Urbana. The road in front of the house is the Old Sandusky Trail, now Co Rd 5
The Original Burial Place of General Simon Kenton site image. Click for full size.
By Rev. Ronald Irick, February 20, 2013
7. The Original Burial Place of General Simon Kenton site
a page from a 1980's tour guide. The pond has recently been built, and trees planted throughout the area. (photo by Logan County Chamber of Commerce)
General Simon Kenton image. Click for full size.
By Rev. Ronald Irick
8. General Simon Kenton
cuts by Henry Howe in his 1880 edition, Vol. I
The Original Burial Place of General Simon Kenton Marker image. Click for full size.
By Rev. Ronald Irick, April 2, 1971
9. The Original Burial Place of General Simon Kenton Marker
Hand drawn map by Ron Irick. Area was open grass pasture fields in 1971. Stone foundation of William Kenton's house was visible. Fork in creek was clearly visible. Grassy lane led up hill from two fence posts to single boulder. Further east was the "Simon Kenton Spring"
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Rev. Ronald Irick of West Liberty, Ohio. This page has been viewed 290 times since then and 25 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9. submitted on , by Rev. Ronald Irick of West Liberty, Ohio. • Al Wolf was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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