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

Athens National Guard Armory

 
 
Athens National Guard Armory Marker, Side One image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, August 22, 2018
1. Athens National Guard Armory Marker, Side One
Inscription.  In the first years of the twentieth century. Athens’ citizens formed a new National Guard company. The guardsmen initially held drill at the Campbell Block on Court Street, but soon the Athens Commercial Club began advocating for an armory from the Ohio National Guard. In 1912, the Armory Board approved the request. Plans were drawn up for the armory and the Guard purchased from the Athens Brick Company at the foot of Shale Hill. Construction began in the spring of 1915 and the Armory opened in December. In March of 1917, the city held a dedication ceremony and parade. Before World War I, the Athens Armory housed company L and the Machine Gun Company, both part of the 7th Infantry Regiment, Ohio National Guard.

When the National Guard entered federal service in 1917, Company L and the Machine Gun Company became part of the 37th “Buckeye” Division. Although the Guardsmen were training and fighting overseas, Athens’ armory remained in use. The military inducted National Army draftees into service at the Armory and the Ladies Aid Society held benefits for the soldiers in the building. After World War I, the
Athens National Guard Armory Marker, Side Two image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, August 22, 2018
2. Athens National Guard Armory Marker, Side Two
Ohio National Guard restructured its formations and the Armory became home to Battery C, 134th Field Artillery. Throughout the building’s history, civilians used it for community events such as dances, fundraisers, boxing matches, and even rummage sales. The last artillery battery left the Armory in 1992 and the Guard sold it to the City of Athens in 1997.
 
Erected 2018 by City of Athens and the Ohio History Connection, on May 19th. (Marker Number 10-5.)
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: ArchitectureMilitary. In addition, it is included in the Ohio Historical Society / The Ohio History Connection series list.
 
Location. 39° 19.941′ N, 82° 6.047′ W. Marker is in Athens, Ohio, in Athens County. Marker is at the intersection of Carpenter Street and North Court Street, on the left when traveling east on Carpenter Street. It is at the armory. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Athens OH 45701, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. “The Berry” (approx. 0.2 miles away); Athens First Settlement - 1797 (approx. 0.2 miles away); First Settlers in Athens County (approx. ¼ mile away); Athens County Vietnam War Memorial (approx. ¼ mile away); Athens County Revolutionary Soldiers Memorial
Athens National Guard Armory Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, August 22, 2018
3. Athens National Guard Armory Marker
North Court Street, which terminates at the armory, is behind the traffic light pole.
(approx. ¼ mile away); Ohio University (approx. 0.3 miles away); Ohio University 1915 Alumni Gateway (approx. 0.3 miles away); Athens County Civil War Soldiers and Sailors Memorial (approx. 0.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Athens.
 
Also see . . .  2017 Video Walkthrough of the Athens Ohio Armory. 5¼ minutes.
(Submitted on August 26, 2018.) 
 
Athens National Guard Armory and Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, August 22, 2018
4. Athens National Guard Armory and Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on August 26, 2018. It was originally submitted on August 26, 2018, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio. This page has been viewed 118 times since then and 49 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on August 26, 2018, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio.
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