Ohio ranks sixth among states and provinces with markers in this database. The United States of America is a state in the United States of America located in the American Midwest. It is also in the Great Lakes region. Ohio is some 45 thousand square miles in size with a population of around 11.5 million people. The state is divided into 88 counties and all of them have entries in this database. In Ohio we have discovered historical markers in 920 cities and towns lying in 864 different ZIP Codes.
There are at least 5,498 historical markers in Ohio, by our count. We have cataloged 5,434 historical markers and 1,352 war memorials—each individually presented on 6,554 illustrated, annotated, and searchable pages of the Historical Marker Database. Pages for historical markers from this state make up 3.3% of our total. In addition, we are reasonably certain of another 64 historical markers in Ohio that we don’t yet have, and instead show on our Want List. Our correspondents have been finding and adding hundreds of markers a month to the database from all over the world, so next time you visit this page you will probably find that the numbers here have changed.
The first Ohio marker in the database, Bank of the Alexandrian Society, was added February 27, 2006. It was photographed in Granville in Licking County and was erected in 1990. The last one added was submitted on January 25, 2022, and titled 09.11.2001. It is in Ottoville in Putnam County. Keeping in mind that the erection date of many markers in the database is not known, the earliest historical marker we know of in Ohio was erected in 1838. It was this one: Indiana - Ohio State Line Monument, and one of our correspondents found it near Elizabethtown in Hamilton County on March 20, 2015.
Ohioans don’t want to forget their Settlements and Settlers history. How do we know? Because there are more historical markers in the database from Ohio about Settlements and Settlers—1,117 of them—than about any other historical topic. It is followed by Industry and Commerce with 914 markers.
The first marker added to the database with the Settlements and Settlers topic was The Bicentennial Legacy Monument, added April 13, 2006. It had been erected in 1999 in Zanesville in Muskingum County. The last one submitted was submitted on January 11, 2022, and titled Stockport. It had been erected in Stockport in Morgan County. The earliest marker erected with the Settlements and Settlers topic that we have listed was erected in 1862. It is Nathaniel Leggett, found in Wauseon in Fulton County on November 17, 2020.
What is the most interesting historical marker in Ohio? What we know is that Morgan’s Raid is the most viewed entry in the database from Ohio since it was added in 2006. It is located near Salineville in Carroll County. This year so far, the most viewed Ohioan entry is located in Zanesville in Muskingum County. It is Lodge of Amity No. 5 Free and Accepted Masons.
The Ohio county with the most historical markers listed in this database is Montgomery County, with 672 of them. It is followed by Franklin County with 400 markers. The Wright-Patterson Air Force Base area of Montgomery County has the highest number of markers within its limits, 457. In Franklin County the area with the most markers, 220, is Columbus.
Checking the database for the city or town in Ohio with the most markers we again find Wright-Patterson Air Force Base at the top of the list with 461 markers in or near it. And Columbus also shows up again in next place, with 220 markers. For the ZIP Code with the most markers it’s 45433 at the top of the list with 480 markers in its delivery area. (ZIP Code 45433 is assigned to Dayton OH including the Wright Patterson AFB delivery area.) It is followed by ZIP Code 43420 with 129 markers. (43420 is assigned to Fremont OH.)
Getting back to Montgomery County, the first marker added to the database from there, Erma Bombeck, was added July 13, 2007. It was erected in 2003 in Dayton. The last one submitted was uploaded on November 27, 2021, and is titled Civil War Memorial Flag Pole and was erected in 2012, in Dayton. The earliest marker erected in Montgomery County that we have listed was erected in 1884. It was Montgomery County Civil War Memorial, found in Dayton on April 1, 2009.
And finally the first, last, and oldest markers from Columbus. The first: The Ohio State Fair, was added August 11, 2007. It had been erected in 2003. The last: Joseph M. Briggs and Briggsdale / Briggsdale added on October 20, 2021. It had been erected in 2021. The earliest marker erected was erected in 1890: Franklin County Civil War Memorial, added on October 20, 2009.
Ohio History Connection is currently in charge of the familiar brown and gold official historical markers found all over the state. You will also find official markers erected by the Ohio Historical Society, a predecessor. They erected their first marker in 1957, and we have 1,791 of their markers in the database. Also, a number of counties have erected historical markers on their streets and roads and within their public areas, as have some cities and towns.
Then there are federal government agencies that put up historical markers, especially in national parks and other areas under their jurisdiction. And finally, there are the numerous public and private organizations and individuals that erect markers. Some do this as a continual endeavor, and others once in a while, to mark something, someone, or someplace they find important or interesting. When one of our correspondents comes across one that satisfies our criteria, we add it to the database.
You’ll find that even the smallest, least populated, or most rural areas of Ohio have been marked with history. Check out Wayne County, Holmes County and Monroe County. We've only found, respectively, 14, 10, and 9 historical markers there. Visiting one or more of these parts of Ohio might make for a pleasant road trip, and maybe you’ll discover more historical markers while you’re there. If you do, perhaps you’ll take the time to photograph them and, when you get home, become an HMdb correspondent by adding them to the database. Happy Hunting!