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Bowling Green in Wood County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Corn Crib & Tool Shed, 1872

 
 
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Photographed By Craig Doda, November 12, 2021
1. Corn Crib & Tool Shed, 1872 Marker
Inscription.  In October 1867, the Wood County Commissioners purchased 160 acres from Abel T. Norris at a cost of $7,200 to use as the infirmary site. On August 2, 1869, ditches were dug around the perimeter of the property to ensure proper drainage of the farmland.

The corn crib and tool shed were two of the earliest buildings constructed besides the main infirmary. The corn crib was a ventilated building for storing ears of corn.

On September 6, 1872, the Wood County Commissioners approved the construction of a corn crib and tool shed. By June 24, 1875, the infirmary's 90 tillable acres of farm land provided 22 acres of wheat, 16 acres of corn, 4 acres of potatoes, 20 acres of hay, and a half acre of tobacco.

The infirmary farm was also home to livestock including milk cows, workhorses, young weaned pigs, hogs, and English Bramah chickens and turkeys.

A large brick smokehouse, no longer on the site, was filled with over 2,000 pounds of meat. Recorded as late as the 1940s, a 5 acre garden supplied all sorts of root vegetables, lettuce, cabbage, and celery for the infirmary staff and inmates.

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In 1920, the Wood County Commissioners purchased another 40 acres of land rounding out the infirmary farm to 200 acres.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: AgricultureCharity & Public Work. A significant historical date for this entry is June 24, 1875.
 
Location. 41° 21.011′ N, 83° 37.064′ W. Marker is in Bowling Green, Ohio, in Wood County. Marker is on County Home Road, on the left when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Bowling Green OH 43402, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Cattle Barn, 1892 (within shouting distance of this marker); Chicken Coop, Wash House, and Wood Shed, 1873 (within shouting distance of this marker); Cisterns, Ponds, and Privies (within shouting distance of this marker); Ice House, 1905 (within shouting distance of this marker); Boiler House, 1898 (within shouting distance of this marker); Gas Plant, 1906 (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Wood County Museum (about 300 feet away); Wood County Home Cemetery (about 300 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Bowling Green.
 
Corn Crib & Tool Shed, 1872 Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Craig Doda, November 12, 2021
2. Corn Crib & Tool Shed, 1872 Marker
Corn Crib & Tool Shed, 1872 Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Craig Doda, November 12, 2021
3. Corn Crib & Tool Shed, 1872 Marker
Corn Crib & Tool Shed, 1872 Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Craig Doda, November 12, 2021
4. Corn Crib & Tool Shed, 1872 Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on November 19, 2021. It was originally submitted on November 14, 2021, by Craig Doda of Napoleon, Ohio. This page has been viewed 78 times since then and 10 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on November 14, 2021, by Craig Doda of Napoleon, Ohio. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.

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