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Bellefontaine in Logan County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Oldest Concrete Street in America

 
 
Oldest Concrete Street in America Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By William Fischer, Jr., December 29, 2008
1. Oldest Concrete Street in America Marker
Inscription.  
America's first concrete streets were those which surrounded this court house. Concrete was first used in 1891 to provide an 8-foot strip along Main Street where horses were hitched. Two years later Court Avenue was paved with concrete made from native marl supplied by the Buckeye Cement Company, 8 miles to the northeast. This marker was erected in 1968 at the 75th anniversary of the paving of Court Street.
 
Erected 1968 by Logan County Historical Society and The Ohio Historical Society. (Marker Number 1-46.)
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Industry & CommerceRoads & Vehicles. In addition, it is included in the Ohio Historical Society / The Ohio History Connection series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1891.
 
Location. 40° 21.633′ N, 83° 45.576′ W. Marker is in Bellefontaine, Ohio, in Logan County. Marker is at the intersection of Main Street (U.S. 68) and Court Avenue, on the left when traveling south on Main Street. Marker is at the SW corner of the county courthouse grounds.
Oldest Concrete Street in America Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By William Fischer, Jr., December 29, 2008
2. Oldest Concrete Street in America Marker
At left. George Bartholomew statue and marker in foreground. County courthouse in background.
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Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Bellefontaine OH 43311, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Grid Indentation Pattern (here, next to this marker); The pavement of Court Avenue (a few steps from this marker); First Concrete Pavement (a few steps from this marker); Bartholomew's Concrete (a few steps from this marker); International Exposition of 1893 (a few steps from this marker); George W. Bartholomew (a few steps from this marker); The Bottom Course (a few steps from this marker); Bartholomew convinced the City of Bellefontaine (a few steps from this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Bellefontaine.
 
Oldest Concrete Street in America (Court Street) image. Click for full size.
Photographed By William Fischer, Jr., December 29, 2008
3. Oldest Concrete Street in America (Court Street)
Opera House in background.
Oldest Concrete Street in America Street Sign image. Click for full size.
Photographed By William Fischer, Jr., December 29, 2008
4. Oldest Concrete Street in America Street Sign
Oldest Concrete Street in America Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Rev. Ronald Irick, March 7201
5. Oldest Concrete Street in America Marker
full view of George Bartholomew statue
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on September 23, 2020. It was originally submitted on August 30, 2009, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 1,225 times since then and 18 times this year. Last updated on September 23, 2020, by Robert Baughman of Bellefontaine, Ohio. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on August 30, 2009, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.   3, 4. submitted on August 31, 2009, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.   5. submitted on April 8, 2015, by Rev. Ronald Irick of West Liberty, Ohio. • Devry Becker Jones was the editor who published this page.

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Mar. 25, 2023