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Ohio Facts and Figures

Gleaned from the Historical Marker Database

 

on January 23, 2021

 
1876 artwork by Henry Mitchell, via Wikipedia Commons

 Ohio ranks eighth among states and provinces with markers in this database. Ohio 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 829 cities and towns lying in 798 different ZIP Codes.

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There are at least 4,598 historical markers in Ohio, by our count. We have cataloged 4,463 historical markers and 830 war memorials—each individually presented on 5,122 illustrated, annotated, and searchable pages of the Historical Marker Database. Pages for historical markers from this state make up 3.1% of our total. In addition, we are reasonably certain of another 135 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 18, 2021, and titled Fairport is an Excellent Harbor. It is in Fairport Harbor in Lake 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.

Ohio Historical Topics
991 • Settlements and Settlers
730 • Industry and Commerce
640 • Patriots and Patriotism
544 • World War II
527 • Air and Space
476 • Civil War
467 • Native Americans
430 • Education
384 • Churches and Religion
365 • Military
    ... and others ...

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—991 of them—than about any other historical topic. It is followed by Industry and Commerce with 730 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 also was submitted on January 18, 2021, and titled Fairport is an Excellent Harbor. It had been erected in Fairport Harbor in Lake 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 Lima in Allen County. It is Shawnee Council House.

Counties, Cities and Towns

The Ohio county with the most historical markers listed in this database is Montgomery County, with 580 of them. It is followed by Franklin County with 386 markers. The Wright-Patterson Air Force Base area of Montgomery County has the highest number of markers within its limits, 426. In Franklin County the area with the most markers, 213, is Columbus.

Historical Markers in These
Ohio Counties
580 • Montgomery County
386 • Franklin County
190 • Cuyahoga County
187 • Hamilton County
142 • Logan County
125 • Lucas County
106 • Butler County
104 • Washington County
97 • Summit County
93 • Miami County
    ... and others ...

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 426 markers in or near it. And Columbus also shows up again in next place, with 213 markers. For the ZIP Code with the most markers it’s 45433 at the top of the list with 444 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 43215 with 93 markers. (43215 is assigned to Columbus OH.)

Historical Markers Near These
Ohio Cities and Towns
426 • Wright-Patterson Air Force Base
213 • Columbus
117 • Cincinnati
105 • Dayton
89 • Cleveland
80 • Marietta
55 • Springfield
54 • Ashtabula
49 • Defiance
47 • Maumee
    ... and others ...

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 October 1, 2020, and is titled The Jasper Road Bridge and was erected in 2005, in Germantown. 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.

Latest entry from Ohio. Click to go there
By Mike Wintermantel, January 16, 2021
Latest Entry from Ohio
“Fairport is an Excellent Harbor”

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: Year of Construction Early 1900s added on November 1, 2019. The earliest marker erected was erected in 1890: Franklin County Civil War Memorial, added on October 20, 2009.

Who Puts Up Historical Markers?

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 1,630 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.

Latest entry from Ohio. Click to go there
By Rev. Ronald Irick, May 12, 2017
A Ohio History Connection Historical Marker

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.

Off the Beaten Path

You’ll find that even the smallest, least populated, or most rural areas of Ohio have been marked with history. Check out Lawrence County, Monroe County and Holmes County. We've only found, respectively, 11, 8, and 8 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!

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Jan. 23, 2021