Mineral Ridge in Trumbull County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
The Salt Springs
A salt spring, located about a mile west of this site, was the primary attraction for immigrants to the Western Reserve territory in the mid-1700s. Prior to European-American settlement, Indians used the springs, boiling the water to extract the salt and using it for preserving meat among other uses. In 1755, surveyor Lewis Evans underscored the importance of the springs by noting it on his “General Map of the Middle British Colonies in America.” This enticed immigrants from western Pennsylvania to the region. In addition to the salt itself, the abundance of wildlife near the spring ensured good hunting in the area. (Continued on other side)
(Continued from other side) In February 1788, Connecticut, which asserted ownership of the Western Reserve from the colonial period to 1795, deeded the Salt Spring tract to Samuel Holden Parsons, a pioneer of the Northwest Territory and former Continental army officer. In 1796, Reuben Harmon, an early settler in what became Weathersfield Township, purchased the springs. Although new settlers initially considered the springs an asset, the salinity
Erected 2016 by Mineral Ridge Historical Society and The Ohio History Connection. (Marker Number 34-78.)
Marker series. This marker is included in the Ohio Historical Society / The Ohio History Connection marker series.
Location. 41° 9.608′ N, 80° 46.476′ W. Marker is in Mineral Ridge, Ohio, in Trumbull County. Marker is on Salt Springs Youngstown Road 0.3 miles west of South Main Street (Ohio Route 46), on the right when traveling south. Located in Kerr's Cemetery. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Mineral Ridge OH 44440, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 6 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Mineral Ridge Black Band Ore (approx. 1.4 miles away); William McKinley Birthplace (approx. 1.4 miles away); James Heaton (approx. 1½ miles away); William McKinley (approx. 1½ miles away); The Barnhisel House (approx. 3.6 miles away); Howland Springs (approx. 4.8 miles away); Mahoning Lodge #29, IOOF (approx. 5.8 miles away); Old Erie Lodge No. 3 Free and Accepted Masons (approx. 5.8 miles away).
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Credits. This page was last revised on August 18, 2018. This page originally submitted on August 18, 2018, by Mike Wintermantel of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 78 times since then and 25 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on August 18, 2018, by Mike Wintermantel of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.