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Port Clinton in Ottawa County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

End of Harrison's Trail In Ohio - War of 1812

Ohio Revolutionary Memorial Trail

 
 
End of Harrison's Trail In Ohio - War of 1812 Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, April 7, 2009
1. End of Harrison's Trail In Ohio - War of 1812 Marker
Inscription.  
End of Harrison's Trail
in Ohio - War of 1812
»»««
Six miles east is the west-
ern boundary of "The Fire
Lands" - given by Connecticut
to its citizens for property
destroyed by the British
during the Revolution.

 
Erected 1930 by Ohio Revolutionary Memorial Commission. (Marker Number C47.)
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: War of 1812. In addition, it is included in the Ohio Revolutionary Memorial Commission series list.
 
Location. 41° 30.634′ N, 82° 56.558′ W. Marker is in Port Clinton, Ohio, in Ottawa County. Marker is at the intersection of West 3rd Street and Monroe Street, on the right when traveling west on West 3rd Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 181 West 3rd Street, Port Clinton OH 43452, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 10 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Indian Mill Stone (approx. 0.3 miles away); American Expedition 1813 (approx. half a mile away); War of 1812
End of Harrison's Trail In Ohio - War of 1812 Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, April 7, 2009
2. End of Harrison's Trail In Ohio - War of 1812 Marker
View of the historical marker with the building that houses the Port Clinton Historical Society in the background.
(approx. half a mile away); Old French War - Pontiac's Conspiracy - Revolutionary War / French Expedition, 1754 (approx. 1.7 miles away); Fort Sites / De Lery Portage (approx. 1.7 miles away); Boundary Marker (approx. 6.2 miles away); Medusa Portland Cement Company (approx. 7.4 miles away); South Bass Island Light (approx. 9.7 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Port Clinton.
 
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.
 
Regarding End of Harrison's Trail In Ohio - War of 1812. As part of his preparations to recapture Detroit and invade Canada, General William Henry Harrison built a chain of forts northward, along both the Sandusky River Valley and the Sandusky-Scioto Trail, from what is now Upper Sandusky, Ohio (Fort Ferree), to what is now Tiffin, Ohio (Fort Ball), to what is now Old Fort, Ohio (Fort Seneca), all the way to what is now Fremont, Ohio (Fort Stephenson). These forts were intended to protect the American lines of supply and communication as General Harrison attempted to both position and build up his forces while he was seeking the opportunity for an invasion of British controlled Canada. Once the opportunity to invade Canada became available, General Harrison planned
Ohio Revolutionary Memorial Trail Map image. Click for full size.
Image courtesy of the MidPointe Library System (www.MidPointeLibrary.org)
3. Ohio Revolutionary Memorial Trail Map
A view of an original Ohio Revolutionary Memorial Trail Map, from 1930. For a better view double click on this picture.
to march a portion of his invasion force northward, along what became known as the Harrison Trail (originally the Sandusky-Scioto Trail), all the way to the mouth of the Portage River (modern day Port Clinton, OH) where the trail came to an end. From there the plan called on the troops to board ships and to be transported across Lake Erie so that they could spearhead General Harrison's invasion of Canada.
 
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. To better understand the relationship, study each marker in the order shown.
 
Also see . . .
1. Ohio Revolutionary Memorial Trail System. A description of the Revolutionary Memorial Trail System developed by the state of Ohio in 1929 - 1930. (Submitted on November 17, 2010, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio.) 

2. Cartographic Map of the (Western) Ohio Revolutionary Memorial Trail, 1930. This is a link to information provided by the Midpointe Library System. Middletown, Trenton, West Chester, Ohio (Submitted on September 4, 2014, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio.) 
 
Ohio Revolutionary Memorial Commission Marker Types image. Click for full size.
Image provided by Ohio Revolutionary Memorial Commission publication, dated 1931., June 26, 2019
4. Ohio Revolutionary Memorial Commission Marker Types
View of the three types of markers used by the Ohio Revolutionary Memorial Commission. The marker on the left is a type A marker, the marker in the middle is a type C (just like our featured marker), and the marker on the right is a type B. For a better view double click on this picture.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 28, 2019. It was originally submitted on April 21, 2009, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio. This page has been viewed 1,556 times since then and 44 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on April 21, 2009, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio.   3. submitted on September 4, 2014, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio.   4. submitted on June 28, 2019, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio. • Christopher Busta-Peck was the editor who published this page.
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