Eaton in Preble County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
Fort St. Clair
Ohio Revolutionary Memorial Trail
Site of one of St. Clair's
line of fortifications.
Now an Ohio State Park.
Erected 1890 by Ohio Revolutionary Memorial Commission. (Marker Number C.)
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Forts and Castles • Native Americans • Wars, US Indian. In addition, it is included in the Ohio Revolutionary Memorial Commission series list.
Location. Marker is missing. It was located near 39° 44.382′ N, 84° 39.049′ W. Marker was in Eaton, Ohio, in Preble County. Marker was on Camden Road (Ohio Route 355) south of Main Street (Ohio Route 122), on the right when traveling south. I am speculating that the most probable location for this marker was along the east side of the roadway, directly opposite the entrance to the park. Touch for map. Marker was at or near this postal address: 135 Camden Road, Eaton OH 45320, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this location. Ortt's Preble County Civil War Memorial (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); Preble County Vietnam Veterans MemorialSite of Fort St. Clair (approx. 0.2 miles away); World War I Memorial (approx. ¼ mile away); Mound Hill Cemetery Civil War Memorial (approx. ¼ mile away); Physicians in the Indian Wars / Roster of Physicians in the Indian Wars (approx. ¼ mile away); Ortt Fort Saint Clair Memorial (approx. ¼ mile away); The Whispering Oak (approx. ¼ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Eaton.
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 75 of the ORMC 1931 Planning Report.
More thoughts regarding the location of this particular marker. As a rule, the majority of the Ohio Revolutionary Memorial Commission markers, seemed to have been placed along the trailway routes that the Commission created, even though the actual sites might be several miles away. The other "Fort St. Clair," type C marker, which is situated along the route, which today follows US 127, and was placed on the grounds of the Preble County Courthouse, is much more in keeping with the pattern of locating marker sites, than this particular marker.
I suspect that this "exception to the rule" is one of the few examples of where, according to the 1931 Planning Report, "In several counties patriotic citizens and groups ordered and are paying for a number of Type C markers in addition." As such, this particular marker does not appear to follow the Commission's pattern of where to locate the Ohio Revolutionary Memorial Commission markers, of being erected along the route, rather than at the actual site.
Because of this breaking of the normal marker location pattern, other than being somewhere at the actual site of Fort St. Clair, this marker could have potentially been situated just about anywhere on the grounds of what had become a state park. However, I am going to speculate that the marker was located along, what was then, not part of the published Ohio Revolutionary Memorial Trails route roadway, at the entrance to this particular park.
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 September 3, 2019, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio.)
Credits. This page was last revised on September 4, 2019. It was originally submitted on September 3, 2019, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio. This page has been viewed 137 times since then and 23 times this year. Photos: 1. submitted on September 3, 2019, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio. 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7. submitted on September 4, 2019, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio. 8, 9. submitted on September 3, 2019, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio.