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Elyria in Lorain County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)

Monteith Hall

Monteith Hall Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By J. J. Prats, August 24, 2019
1. Monteith Hall Marker
Inscription.  Monteith Hall was built in 1835 as the residence of Reverence John Monteith (1788–1868) and family. Before coming to Elyria as the first superintendent of the new high school, Rev. Monteith was an educator and minister in Detroit, Michigan. He was instrumental in founding the University of Michigan, originally located in Detroit, and became its first president. William Gates, Rev. Monteith’s grandson, enlarged Monteith Hall in 1897.
Monteith Hall was a station on the Underground Railroad on the route that extended from Oberlin. A tunnel, which ran from the basement of the home to the Black River, was used to help slaves escape to the shore of Lake Erie. Rev. Monteith managed the network on the southern shore of Lake Erie, and aided fugitive slaves in boarding ships to cross the lake to Canada.
Erected 2003 by the Ohio Bicentennial Commission, the P&G Fund, and The Ohio Historical Society. (Marker Number 16-47.)
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Abolition & Underground RREducation.
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In addition, it is included in the Ohio Historical Society / The Ohio History Connection series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1835.
Location. 41° 21.943′ N, 82° 6.227′ W. Marker is in Elyria, Ohio, in Lorain County. Marker is on East Avenue close to Temple Court, on the left when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 218 East Ave, Elyria OH 44035, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. United States Post Office (about 800 feet away, measured in a direct line); Becker-Haynes Building (approx. 0.2 miles away); Saint Mary's Church (approx. 0.2 miles away); Saint Andrews Episcopal Church (approx. 0.2 miles away); United Spanish War Veterans Memorial (approx. 0.2 miles away); In Memoriam (approx. 0.2 miles away); Patriotic Sacrifice Forever Remembered (approx. 0.2 miles away); About The Ely Square Bicentennial Fountain (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Elyria.
Monteith Hall and Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By J. J. Prats, August 24, 2019
2. Monteith Hall and Marker
Credits. This page was last revised on December 31, 2019. It was originally submitted on December 31, 2019, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio. This page has been viewed 479 times since then and 158 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on December 31, 2019, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio.

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