Oldtown in Greene County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
Kenton's Gantlet [Gauntlet]
Here, between the site of the old Shawnee Council House and the hill to the south, Simon Kenton, in 1778, successfully ran an Indian Gantlet, 158 rods - almost one half mile - long.
Erected 1930 by Ohio Revolutionary Memorial Commission.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Native Americans • Settlements & Settlers • War, US Revolutionary. In addition, it is included in the Ohio Revolutionary Memorial Commission series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1778.
Location. Marker has been reported missing. It was located near 39° 43.47′ N, 83° 56.156′ W. Marker was in Oldtown, Ohio, in Greene County. Marker was on U.S. 68, on the left when traveling south. Marker is between Oldtown and Old Springfield Pike, about one mile north of Xenia and in the Xenia zip code area. Touch for map. Marker was in this post office area: Xenia OH 45385, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this location. The Bullskin Trail (a few steps from this marker); The Sexton Point (a few steps from this marker); Birthplace of TecumsehU Mkvwalamakufewa Tikvmfa / Memorial to Tecumtha (approx. 0.3 miles away); Ten Kentucky Soldiers Memorial (approx. 0.3 miles away); Site of Old Chillicothe (approx. 0.3 miles away); Old Chillicothe (approx. 0.3 miles away); Col. Daniel Boone (approx. 0.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Oldtown.
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, and presumed to be permanently lost, including this featured marker.
Also see . . .
1. Kenton's Chillicothe. Ohio History Connection website entry (Submitted on December 5, 2008, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia.)
2. The Second Pioneer. "He (Simon Kenton) was made to "run the gauntlet" - which involve passing through a long line of warriors who beat him with "clubs, hoe handles, tomahawks, and butcher knives." Many men died after running the gauntlet just once. The Shawnee forced Kenton to run it nine times. Kenton's ability to survive the worst physical tortures seems impossible - and superhuman. Yet there's not a whiff of fable about them." (Submitted on December 5, 2008, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia.)
3. Ohio Revolutionary Memorial Trail System. A description of the Revolutionary Memorial Trail System developed by the state of Ohio in 1929 - 1930. (Submitted on June 30, 2011, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio.)
1. Marker Missing October 4th, 2011
On Tuesday the 4th of October I stopped at the location of the Kenton Gauntlet Marker but it was missing. The Bullskin Trail marker and the Sexton Point markers are still present.
Use caution when parking at the marker location as Highway 68 is an extremely busy route.
— Submitted October 5, 2011, by MIchael Border of Leesburg, Ohio.
Additional keywords. Kenton's Gantlet [Gauntlet]
Credits. This page was last revised on July 3, 2022. It was originally submitted on December 2, 2008, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 3,901 times since then and 180 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on December 2, 2008, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. 3. submitted on July 19, 2009, by Charlie T. Wallace of Cincinnati, Ohio. 4. submitted on September 8, 2014, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio. 5. submitted on June 27, 2019, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio. • Kevin W. was the editor who published this page.