Near Georgesville in Franklin County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
Big Darby Creek
The Wyandot Indians in this area called this creek "Ollentangy" meaning "River of Red Face Paint;" but surveyors renamed it Big Darby Creek in the late 1700s. According to legend, they named it for an Indian chief who lived near the mouth of this waterway.
Big Darby Creek, a State and National Scenic River, flows through six counties on its 88-mile through trek from its headwaters near Marysville in Union County toward Circleville in Pickaway County where it empties into the Scioto River. Darby Creek and its 245 miles of tributaries meander through rolling fields, prairies, savannas and heavily wooded ravines.
Its slow moving, deep pools and shallow fierce riffles help make this creek one of North America's most biologically diverse freshwater streams. Several rare, threatened and endangered species live within the Darby Watershed. More than 100 species of fish, 40 species of mussels, 35 species of mammals and almost 200 species of birds have been recorded.
Metro Parks, in partnership with other public agencies and private organizations, continues to work toward protecting the Darby Creek Watershed to ensure
Erected by Columbus and Franklin County Metro Parks.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Environment.
Location. 39° 54.002′ N, 83° 12.827′ W. Marker is near Georgesville, Ohio, in Franklin County. Marker can be reached from Darby Creek Drive. The marker is next to Big Darby Creek, along the Cobshell Trail, near the Streamside Classroom and Mac's Riffle, in Battelle Darby Metro Park. The trail can be accessed from behind the Ranger Station. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1775 Darby Creek Drive, Galloway OH 43119, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Ice Over Ohio (within shouting distance of this marker); A Valley Is Born (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Big Darby and Little Darby Creeks (approx. 0.4 miles away); Stories in the Sediments (approx. 0.9 miles away); Back to the Same Old Grind (approx. 0.9 miles away); The Glaciers Did It (approx. 0.9 miles away); A Valley is Born (approx. 1.2 miles away); The Voss Site (approx. 1.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Georgesville.
Credits. This page was last revised on October 23, 2019. It was originally submitted on October 23, 2019, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan. This page has been viewed 60 times since then and 3 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on October 23, 2019, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan.