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Newark in Licking County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

History of the Site

 
 
History of the Site Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Dale K. Benington, June 11, 2022
1. History of the Site Marker
View of the marker situated at the top of the observation platform.
Inscription.  Although the Newark Earthworks were an imposing site to the first settlers of this area, major portions were gradually destroyed by farming, the construction of roads, canals, railroads, and the development of the city. In the 1890s, the City of Newark and Licking County purchased the circle and octagon as an encampment for the Ohio National Guard. Eroded portions of the walls were rebuilt during this time.

In 1910 the land was leased to the Licking County Country Club, later known as Moundbuilders Country Club, for a golf course. In 1933 the city and county turned over the property to the Ohio Historical Society.

Other portions of the Newark Earthworks that are still visible include the large circle (Moundbuilders State Memorial, along S.R. 79 at the south edge of Newark) and a small portion of the square (Wright Earthworks, at the intersection of James and Waldo streets). Both areas are open to the public.
 
Erected by Ohio Historical Society.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Anthropology & Archaeology
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Native AmericansParks & Recreational Areas. A significant historical year for this entry is 1910.
 
Location. 40° 3.19′ N, 82° 26.787′ W. Marker is in Newark, Ohio, in Licking County. Marker is on N 33rd Street near Parkview Road. This marker is located at the Moundbuilders Country Club, on a raised wooden observation platform, that is situated between the parking lot on the north side of the Moundbuilders Country Club, and the earthworks of the Octagon Mound complex. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 125 N 33rd Street, Newark OH 43055, 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. The Builders (here, next to this marker); The Newark Earthworks (here, next to this marker); The Octagon (here, next to this marker); The Circle (here, next to this marker); Octagon Earthworks (within shouting distance of this marker); The Observatory Mound (approx. ¼ mile away); Great Circle Earthworks (approx. 1.1 miles away); Earthen Architecture (approx. 1.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Newark.
 
History of the Site Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Dale K. Benington, June 11, 2022
2. History of the Site Marker
View of the observation platform that the marker is situated on. Note the Moundbuilders earthwork that is situated along the base of the observation platform.
History of the Site Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Dale K. Benington, June 11, 2022
3. History of the Site Marker
View of the Octagon Earthworks marker in the foreground, with a distant view of the observation platform, that this marker is located on, in the background.
History of the Site Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Dale K. Benington, June 11, 2022
4. History of the Site Marker
View of the landscape, and the Octagon Earthworks, as seen from the top of the observation platform.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2022. It was originally submitted on June 16, 2022, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio. This page has been viewed 126 times since then and 23 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on June 16, 2022, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio.

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