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Ohio Facts and Figures

Gleaned from the Historical Marker Database

 

on February 22, 2020

 
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 813 cities and towns lying in 767 different ZIP Codes.

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How many historical markers are there in Ohio? There are least 4,341 of them, by our count. We have cataloged 4,202 historical markers and 739 war memorialsóeach individually presented on 4,783 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 139 historical markers in Ohio that we donít 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 28, 2020, and titled The Barn at Mac-A-Cheek Castle. It is near West Liberty in Logan 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 Categories
927 • Settlements and Settlers
660 • Industry and Commerce
638 • Patriots and Patriotism
523 • World War II
522 • Air and Space
456 • Civil War
450 • Native Americans
414 • Education
360 • Churches and Religion
338 • Cemeteries and Burial Sites
    ... and more ...

Ohioans donít 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 Settlersó927 of themóthan about any other historical category. It is followed by Industry and Commerce with 660 markers.

The first marker added to the database with the Settlements and Settlers category 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 17, 2020, and titled Industry on the Macacheek. It had been erected near West Liberty in Logan County. The earliest marker erected with the Settlements and Settlers category that we have listed was erected in 1889. It was Pioneer Pillar, found in Cincinnati in Hamilton County on June 12, 2019.

Counties, Cities and Towns

The Ohio county with the most historical markers listed in this database is Montgomery County, with 575 of them. It is followed by Franklin County with 385 markers. The Wright-Patterson Air Force Base area of Montgomery County has the highest number of markers within its limits, 425. In Franklin County the area with the most markers, 213, is Columbus.

Historical Markers in These
Ohio Counties
575 • Montgomery County
385 • Franklin County
187 • Cuyahoga County
172 • Hamilton County
140 • Logan County
113 • Lucas County
101 • Butler County
95 • Summit County
91 • Miami County
89 • Greene County
    ... and more ...

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 425 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 itís 45433 at the top of the list with 443 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
425 • Wright-Patterson Air Force Base
213 • Columbus
114 • Cincinnati
102 • Dayton
86 • Cleveland
65 • Marietta
52 • Ashtabula
51 • Springfield
47 • Maumee
44 • Fort Recovery
    ... and more ...

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 July 23, 2019, and is titled Slifers Presbyterian Church and was erected in 2019, near Farmersville. 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 Joel Seewald, October 12, 2019
Latest Entry from Ohio
“The Barn at Mac-A-Cheek Castle”

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 1,582 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

Youíll find that even the smallest, least populated, or most rural areas of Ohio have been marked with history. Check out Carroll County, Huron County and Holmes County. We've only found, respectively, 8, 8, and 7 historical markers there. Visiting one or more of these parts of Ohio might make for a pleasant road trip, and maybe youíll discover more historical markers while youíre there. If you do, perhaps youíll 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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