Near Zanesfield in Logan County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
Ohio Revolutionary Memorial Trail
Two miles north was the last
home and farm of the famous
pioneer, scout and soldier,
Simon Kenton. Here after
his long and active life in the
interest of civilization, he
died in 1836.
Erected 1930 by Ohio Revolutionary Memorial Commission. (Marker Number C.)
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Native Americans • Settlements & Settlers • War, US Revolutionary • Wars, US Indian. In addition, it is included in the Ohio Revolutionary Memorial Commission series list.
Location. Marker is missing. It was located near 40° 21.001′ N, 83° 40.493′ W. Marker was near Zanesfield, Ohio, in Logan County. Marker was at the intersection of County Route 5 and County Route 25, on the left when traveling north on County Route 5. This marker, in all probability, was originally located at the junction of County Road 5 and County Highway 25, opposite the west end of the bridge Touch for map. Marker was in this post office area: Zanesfield OH 43360, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this location. Jefferson Township Veterans Memorial (approx. 0.6 miles away); Ebenezer Zane Cabin (approx. ¾ mile away); Historic Logan County (approx. 0.8 miles away); Helen Wonders Blue Memorial Park (approx. 0.8 miles away); Myeerah Trail (approx. 0.8 miles away); China Flats (approx. 0.8 miles away); Zanesfield (approx. 0.9 miles away); Site of Fort Wapatomica (approx. 0.9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Zanesfield.
More about this marker. This historical marker is part of the Ohio Revolutionary Memorial Trail series (type C) which was put in place in 1930 to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the Ohio's Revolutionary War era Battle of Piqua, by the Ohio Revolutionary Memorial Commission.
In order to accomplish this, in 1929 the state of Ohio created the Ohio Revolutionary Memorial Commission, and then in 1930 this commission created 22 military trails, throughout western Ohio, between Cincinnati, Ohio on the state's southern border and Toledo, Ohio on the state's northern border. Each of these military trails represented the routes, or trails, used by military leaders during either the Revolutionary War, the Indian Wars of 1790 to 1795, or the War of 1812. Each of these military routes connected various related historical sites, that were marked with Ohio Revolutionary Memorial Commission (type C) markers, along each of the military trails.
The routes of these military trails were in turn marked by type A and type B Ohio Revolutionary Memorial Commission markers that served as directional (type B) and distance (type A) markers.
Originally, back in 1930, there were erected 70 some of these Ohio Revolutionary Memorial Commission, type C, markers. To date, there are only 20 some of them that have been located and posted on the Historical Marker database. A number of them are presently missing, including this particular marker, which is listed on page 72 of the ORMC 1931 Planning Report.
Thanks to the input of Reverend Ronald Irick, who is a long time native of Logan County Ohio, I have relocated the probable site of this missing historical marker, from a street corner in downtown Zanesfield, to a nearby rural county road intersection, just north of Zanesfield, but nearer to the location of General Simon Kenton's last home and farm.
It was primarily because of the nearby placement of a Logan County historical marker entitled "General Simon Kenton / Historical Home Site," that I guessed that this Ohio Revolutionary Memorial Commission marker was once situated on the downtown street corner in Zanesfield. The Logan County historical marker is situated about three tenths of a mile, to the east, along the same county road where I guessed that the missing was once situated.
It is primarily because of the Reverend Irick's childhood memories of this marker, that I have repositioned the probable location of this now missing marker to what I believe is a better, and more accurate, location. It is more accurate because this site is 2.3 miles away from the site of "The Original Burial Place of General Simon Kenton" marker, which would match the distance stated on this missing marker. Then too, this location, would keep the missing marker situated along the 1930 era, Ohio Revolutionary Memorial Trail route.
Also see . . . Ohio Revolutionary Memorial Trail System. A description of the Revolutionary Memorial Trail System developed by the state of Ohio in 1929 - 1930. (Submitted on July 15, 2019, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio.)
I remember this marker as a child. I have been trying to locate it for years. It was originally located at the west side of what was then US 33. The site is now the junction of County Road 5, and County Road 2, opposite the west end of "Mad River Bridge" over "Mad River Falls". Next to the marker was a sign advertising the availability of truck ice in Kenton. If I remember right, it stated 32 miles to Kenton. There has been much confusion
— Submitted July 17, 2019, by Rev. Ronald Irick of West Liberty, Ohio.
Credits. This page was last revised on August 8, 2019. It was originally submitted on July 14, 2019, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio. This page has been viewed 141 times since then and 50 times this year. Photos: 1. submitted on July 15, 2019, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio. 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on July 31, 2019, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio. 6, 7. submitted on July 15, 2019, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio.