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Mechanicsburg in Madison County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

W. Pearl King Prairie Savanna

 
 
W. Pearl King Prairie Savanna Marker image. Click for full size.
By Rev. Ronald Irick, February 28, 2018
1. W. Pearl King Prairie Savanna Marker
Inscription.  The W. Pearl King Prairie Savanna is a mostly undisturbed remnant of the once expansive Darby Plains Prairies. Prior to European settlement more than two centuries ago, the Darby Plains covered an area of more than 380 square miles west of Columbus. These prairies were an eastward extension of the Great Plains Prairie that Ohio State Professor Edgar Transeau termed the Prairie Peninsula in 1935. The W. Pearl King Prairie Savanna is a 20-acre vestige of a once large and varied habitat of native tallgrass prairie and oak groves. The prairie contains bur oaks, one of Ohio’s largest stands of prairie dropseed grass, and several other native prairie plants. Named for a former landowner, William Pearl King (1891-1960), the site has been owned and managed by Columbus and Franklin County Metro Parks since 2006.
 
Erected 2016 by Columbus & Franklin County Metroparks and The Ohio History Connection. (Marker Number 3- 49.)
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: AgricultureEnvironment
W. Pearl King Prairie Savanna Marker image. Click for full size.
By Rev. Ronald Irick, February 28, 2018
2. W. Pearl King Prairie Savanna Marker
full view of marker, looking west along Mechanicsburg- Sanford Road
Parks & Recreational Areas. In addition, it is included in the Ohio Historical Society / The Ohio History Connection series list.
 
Location. 40° 2.709′ N, 83° 28.631′ W. Marker is in Mechanicsburg, Ohio, in Madison County. Marker is at the intersection of David Brown Road (County Route 119) and Mechanicsburg- Sanford Road and Becker Road (Route 27), on the left when traveling north on David Brown Road. marker is at the southwest corner of a three way intersection. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 3000 Road 27, Mechanicsburg OH 43044, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Pike Township Veterans Memorial (approx. 1.4 miles away); Joseph E. Wing (approx. 3.4 miles away); Plumwood Veterans Memorial (approx. 4.1 miles away); James Roy Hopkins (approx. 4˝ miles away); Second Baptist Church (approx. 4˝ miles away); Addison White (approx. 4.6 miles away); W.W. I Veterans Memorial (approx. 4.6 miles away); Mechanicsburg United Methodist Church (approx. 4.7 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Mechanicsburg.
 
W. Pearl King Prairie Savanna Marker image. Click for full size.
By Rev. Ronald Irick, February 28, 2018
3. W. Pearl King Prairie Savanna Marker
marker at a distance, from David Brown Road, looking north
W. Pearl King Prairie Savanna image. Click for full size.
By Rev. Ronald Irick, February 28, 2018
4. W. Pearl King Prairie Savanna
the great oaks of the savanna
W. Pearl King Prairie Savanna image. Click for full size.
By Rev. Ronald Irick, February 28, 2018
5. W. Pearl King Prairie Savanna
looking north across the Madison Plains
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on May 21, 2018. It was originally submitted on February 28, 2018, by Rev. Ronald Irick of West Liberty, Ohio. This page has been viewed 405 times since then and 145 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on February 28, 2018, by Rev. Ronald Irick of West Liberty, Ohio. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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