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Ravenna in Portage County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

1893 Ravenna Flagpole

 
 
1893 Ravenna Flagpole Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Mike Wintermantel, August 18, 2018
1. 1893 Ravenna Flagpole Marker
Side A
Inscription.  Side A
The historic Ravenna flagpole was erected in 1893 by Ravenna Township. The 150 foot flagpole replaced a tall wooden flagpole erected during the Civil War. Van Dorn Iron Works of Cleveland fabricated the flagpole for $800; it uses riveted iron technology similar to the 1889 Eiffel Tower. When built it was one of the tallest structures in the State of Ohio. In 1923 it was moved 15 feet south from its position in Main Street where it obstructed traffic to its present location in a twelve-minute operation by jacking it up on rails, pulling it to its new location, and lowering it onto a new foundation. In 2014 it was dismantled in sections, completely restored to its original appearance, and re-erected in a manner similar to its 1893 construction.
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Side B
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The 100 foot tall lattice iron structure supports a 62 foot tall flagpole, of which 12 feet is supported inside the lattice structure. The gold-leafed ball on top is about 12 inches in diameter. The structure sits on an octagonal concrete base installed in 2014 that matches the original, in
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2014 the Ravenna Township Trustees installed an ornamental iron fence around the flagpole. The octagonal base rests upon a concrete foundation 48 inches deep installed in 1923. The original steel flagpole could be extended up and retracted down inside the lattice iron structure via a pulley and cable, the pulley is still visible on the west side of the structure. The 2014 restoration of the flagpole was undertaken by Friends of the Flagpole and supported by hundreds of private donations from all over the world.
 
Erected 2015 by Friend of the Flagpole Association.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Landmarks. A significant historical year for this entry is 1893.
 
Location. 41° 9.452′ N, 81° 14.6′ W. Marker is in Ravenna, Ohio, in Portage County. Marker is at the intersection of East Main Street and Chestnut Street, on the right when traveling east on East Main Street. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Ravenna OH 44266, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 6 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Portage County Veterans Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker); Etna House (within shouting distance of this marker); Abraham Lincoln, Ravenna, Ohio (approx. ¼ mile away); Benjamin Tappan, Jr. (approx. 2.6 miles away); Ephraim Root
1893 Ravenna Flagpole Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Mike Wintermantel, August 18, 2018
2. 1893 Ravenna Flagpole Marker
Side B
(approx. 4.1 miles away); Rootstown (approx. 4.1 miles away); Kent State University (approx. 5.2 miles away); Kent and the Underground Railroad (approx. 6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Ravenna.
 
1893 Ravenna Flagpole Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Mike Wintermantel, August 18, 2018
3. 1893 Ravenna Flagpole Marker
Side A, Photo 1
1893 Ravenna Flagpole Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Mike Wintermantel, August 18, 2018
4. 1893 Ravenna Flagpole Marker
Side A, Photo 2
1893 Ravenna Flagpole Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Mike Wintermantel, August 18, 2018
5. 1893 Ravenna Flagpole Marker
1893 Ravenna Flagpole Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Mike Wintermantel, August 18, 2018
6. 1893 Ravenna Flagpole Marker
Side B
1893 Ravenna Flagpole Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Glenn Peterson, February 19, 2024
7. 1893 Ravenna Flagpole Marker
1893 Ravenna Flagpole Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Glenn Peterson, February 19, 2024
8. 1893 Ravenna Flagpole Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on February 29, 2024. It was originally submitted on August 18, 2018, by Mike Wintermantel of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 543 times since then and 50 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on August 18, 2018, by Mike Wintermantel of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.   7, 8. submitted on February 24, 2024, by Glenn Peterson of Vermilion, Ohio.

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