Rio Grande in Gallia County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
The Village of Adamsville
Although Adamsville was never incorporated, the little settlement grew and prospered. The village was divided into plots by Rickabaugh’s sons, Adam and William, in 1837. A post office was established in 1846. The Adamsville Hotel, located along present Farmview Road, provided an important stagecoach stop between Gallipolis and Chillicothe. After Rio Grande College was established in 1876, the village’s center was moved a few miles away to higher ground around the
Erected 2014 by Bob Evans Farms, Inc. and The Ohio Historical Society. (Marker Number 20-27.)
Marker series. This marker is included in the Ohio Historical Society / The Ohio History Connection marker series.
Location. 38° 52.894′ N, 82° 21.86′ W. Marker is in Rio Grande, Ohio, in Gallia County. Marker can be reached from Farmview Road (Local Road 71) north of State Route 588. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 791 Farmview Rd, Bidwell OH 45614, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 9 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The Homestead (approx. 0.2 miles away); Robert L. “Bob” Evans (approx. 0.2 miles away); University of Rio Grande (approx. New Hope Baptist Church (approx. 1.6 miles away); Bidwell (approx. 4.3 miles away); Morgan's Raid (approx. 6.7 miles away); The Lambert Land Settlement (approx. 6.8 miles away); Ewington Academy (approx. 8.9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Rio Grande.
Also see . . . Adamsville Bridge. This page includes photographs of the bridge over Raccoon Creek at the original location of Adamsville Village. “This bridge is one of the most significant and unique historic bridges in Ohio, which given the number of unique and rare historic bridges in Ohio is really saying something. Apparently at one time there were three such structures in Ohio, however this bridge is the last of its kind in Ohio and may be the only example of its type in the country. As such, the bridge is not only extremely significant on a state level, but is also nationally significant as a unique example of an experimental type of concrete bridge. Described as a concrete cantilevered through (Submitted on September 8, 2018.)
1. Welcome to Adamsville Log Cabin Village (large poster shown on Photo 4)
The Village of Adamsville was first settled along Raccoon Creek in 1800 when Adam Richabaugh, a Revolutionary War veteran, brought his family from Virginia to the valley that he had seen while in service. He applied to the Federal Government for this new land with his bounty from the war. The deed is signed by Thomas Jefferson, President, and James Madison, Secretary of State.
Adam built a grist mill on the creek and it became the meeting place for the community. Soon, there were two grocery stores, a meat market, two blacksmith shops, and a livery in the village. The village was plotted by Adam’s sons, Adam Jr. and William. In 1805 Nehemiah Wood bought the grist mill from Adam Rickabaugh and later added a fulling mill (the cleansing of cloth, particularly wool, to eliminate oils, dirts, and other impurities) and a saw mill.
Due to flooding, villagers
Beginning in 1971 and continuing over the next fifteen years, the Adamsville Log Cabin Village was recreated in its original location along the Raccoon Creek at the Bob Evans Farms.
In consideration of flooding and the ravages of time, the village was moved to its present location. This dismantling and renovation project took place during 2011 and 2012.
How Rio Grande Got Its Name. As the Village of Adamsville grew, the settlers applied for a Post Office, The U.S. Government informed them there was already a town by the name of Adamsville in Muskingham County, Ohio and in order to receive a Post Office they were required to choose a different name.
From 1846-48 the war with Mexico was ongoing. Stories of fighting on the Rio Grande River headlined a newspaper delivered to the mill. Sylvester Wood, son of Nehemiah Wood, read the paper and said, “I’ll bet no one would have a Rye-O-Grand Post Office.” Even though the villagers mispronounced the word, it became the name of their post office. The Rio Grande post office was established in the Village of Adamsville on August 10, 1846.
2. The Flood of 1997 (smaller poster in Photo 4)
Heavy rains that occurred March 1-2, 1997, in parts of southern Ohio resulted in floods that caused widespread damage to public and private property. Record peak stages (water levels) and stream flows occurred at U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) stream flow-gaging stations on Ohio Brush Creek (Adams County), Raccoon Creek (Gallia County), and the Shade River (Meigs County). The storm was concentrated along the Ohio River, stretching from western Kentucky to West Virginia, producing floods on many tributaries to the Ohio River. As these tributaries drained into the Ohio River, communities along the river experienced some of the most severe flooding since March 1964.
Racoon Creek at Adamsville. On March 5, 1997, the USGS stream flow-gaging station on Raccoon Creek at Adamsville, 1.8 miles downstream from The Bob Evans Farm, had a peak stage of 29.11 feet and an estimated stream flow of 16,500 cubic feet per second. The estimated stream flow indicated that the creek experienced somewhere between a 50-and-100-year flood.
What is a 100-Year Flood? The USGS stream flow-gaging stations on Ohio Brush Creek and Shade River are estimated to
— Submitted September 8, 2018.
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Credits. This page was last revised on September 8, 2018. This page originally submitted on September 8, 2018, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio. This page has been viewed 64 times since then and 3 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12. submitted on September 8, 2018, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio.