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Thompson Ledges / Thompson Ledges Park

 
 
Thompson Ledges Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Mike Wintermantel, August 31, 2018
1. Thompson Ledges Marker
Inscription.  Side A
Thompson Ledges
Due to what is known as the Sharon Conglomerate or pebbly sandstone, these ledges have played an important role in the daily life of local residents and the economy. The porousness of this rock, which underlies much of Geauga County, supplies most of the county's drinking water. Thompson Ledges also provided building stone with stone cutters working in quarries turning out doorsteps, watering troughs, gateposts, culverts, and bridges from mid-1800 to 1911 for use in Thompson, Geauga County and occasionally beyond. After 1900, cement became the preferred building material, but still used silica pebbles from the Ledges for gravel and cement. The Ledges have an unusual ecosystem containing several distinctive forests. A chestnut oak forest is pervasive on the top while a northern hemlock forest exists in the exposed creaks and crevices of the upper rim and ledges.

Side B
Thompson Ledges Park
Thompson Ledges have long been known for their natural beauty, with caverns, fissures, springs, and a striking view. The area was known to early setters and explorers, but has
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been a popular tourist and picnic area since the 19th century. This attraction encouraged the Thompson Township residents to create, by vote, one of the county's earliest parks. The project began in 1926 with the idea that the Ledges would become a part of a larger state park. Even though strongly supported by state legislators, the Great Depression of 1929 and the downturn in the economy delayed the project until 1940. Thompson Ledges Park became an official township park of 13 acres on January 31, 1941. The park grew to 66 acres in 1999.
 
Erected 2003 by Ohio Bicentennial Commission, Longaberger Company, Thompson Township Park Commission and The Ohio Historical Society. (Marker Number 6-28.)
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Parks & Recreational Areas. In addition, it is included in the Ohio Historical Society / The Ohio History Connection series list. A significant historical date for this entry is January 31, 1941.
 
Location. 41° 41.399′ N, 81° 2.726′ W. Marker is in Thompson, Ohio, in Geauga County. Marker is on Thompson Road (Local Route 7) 0.2 miles east of Madison Road, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Thompson OH 44086, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 9 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Charles Martin Hall (approx. 0.3 miles
Thompson Ledges Park Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Mike Wintermantel, August 31, 2018
2. Thompson Ledges Park Marker
away); Unionville Tavern (approx. 6.6 miles away); Colonel Alexander Harper (approx. 6.6 miles away); Harpersfield (approx. 6.6 miles away); Harpersfield Covered Bridge (approx. 6.9 miles away); Hugh Mosher and the "Spirit of '76" (approx. 7.3 miles away); Hartsgrove Township Honor Roll (approx. 7˝ miles away); a different marker also named Harpersfield (approx. 8.2 miles away).
 
Also see . . .  Thompson Township Parks. (Submitted on September 1, 2018, by Mike Wintermantel of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.)
 
Thompson Ledges Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Mike Wintermantel, August 31, 2018
3. Thompson Ledges Marker
Thompson Ledges Park Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Mike Wintermantel, August 31, 2018
4. Thompson Ledges Park Marker
Thompson Ledges image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Mike Wintermantel, August 31, 2018
5. Thompson Ledges
Some views from inside the park
Thompson Ledges image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Mike Wintermantel, August 31, 2018
6. Thompson Ledges
Some views from inside the park
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on September 1, 2018. It was originally submitted on September 1, 2018, by Mike Wintermantel of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 633 times since then and 50 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on September 1, 2018, by Mike Wintermantel of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

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