“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Newark in Licking County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)


Railroads Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Craig Doda, September 2, 2022
1. Railroads Marker
James Birkey could clearly see that the importance of the Ohio and Erie Canal was being eclipsed elsewhere by newly-built railroad lines. His foresight led him to recognize that without a railroad connection of its own, Newark would cease to be the center of industry and commerce it had become.

Motivated by this thought, and by his own business interests that were at stake, Birkey helped to secure the construction of the Sandusky, Mansfield, and Newark Railroad, which was completed in 1852 and was Newark's first rail line. Soon after, several other railroad connections were made to Newark.

The community benefitted from them immensely as the economy grew and the city became recognized as an important center of industry in Central Ohio.

The success of businesses like the American Bottle Company, Wehrle Stove Company, and The Heisey Glass Company were all made possible, in part, because of their ability to receive raw materials and ship finished goods on the railroad.

Sandusky, Mansfield, and Newark Railroad completed.

B&O Railroad consolidated
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Newerks early line.

Newark Roundhouse build.

The Baltimore & Ohio Railroad consolidated several of Newark's early rail lines during the 1860's The 850 Railroad was a major force in rail transportation in the United States.

Rail travel is still a popular option around the world. Modern rail transport continues to evolve as new technologies are developed.

High-speed trains can travel almost 200 miles per hour!

The B&O Passenger Depot located on Yearly Street.

In 1905, the B60 built a roundhouse on East Main Street in Newark, near where the Licking County Justice Center is today. The roundhouse contained 25 stalls for train cars and included a revolving center platform. Visit our collection Inside to see a working scale model of the roundhouse.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Railroads & Streetcars. In addition, it is included in the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad (B&O), and the Ohio and Erie Canal series lists. A significant historical year for this entry is 1852.
Location. 40° 3.424′ N, 82° 23.955′ W. Marker is in Newark, Ohio, in Licking County. Marker is at the intersection of South 2nd Street and East Market Street, on the right when traveling north on South 2nd Street. Touch for map.
Railroads Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Craig Doda, September 2, 2022
2. Railroads Marker
Marker is at or near this postal address: 42 S 2nd St, Newark OH 43055, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Interurban Railway (here, next to this marker); The Interstate Highway System (a few steps from this marker); Ohio & Erie Canal (a few steps from this marker); In loving memory of Herbert A. Odle (a few steps from this marker); The National Road (within shouting distance of this marker); Newark Native Jerryie Mock (within shouting distance of this marker); Footpaths & Waterways (within shouting distance of this marker); Welcome to the Streetscape & History Walk (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Newark.
Credits. This page was last revised on September 22, 2022. It was originally submitted on September 12, 2022, by Craig Doda of Napoleon, Ohio. This page has been viewed 77 times since then and 7 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on September 12, 2022, by Craig Doda of Napoleon, Ohio. • Devry Becker Jones was the editor who published this page.

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