Kenton in Hardin County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
Kenton Hardware Company
First organized as the Kenton Lock Manufacturing Company in 1890, the Kenton Hardware Company became one of the world's largest cast iron toy factories. Under the management of L. S. Bixler, toy stoves, banks, fire company outfits, horse drawn vehicles, automobiles and cap pistols were produced. The immensely popular Gene Autry cap pistol was produced at this plant beginning in 1938. The Company ceased production in 1952 but Kenton toys continue to be popular collectors items worldwide.
Erected 1991 by Country Connection Club and The Ohio Historical Society. (Marker Number 10-33.)
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Entertainment • Industry & Commerce • Man-Made Features. In addition, it is included in the Ohio Historical Society / The Ohio History Connection series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1890.
Location. 40° 38.344′ N, 83° 36.87′ W. Marker is in Kenton, Ohio, in Hardin County. Marker is on Espy Street (Ohio Route 67), on the right when traveling west. Touch for map Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. We The People Mural (approx. half a mile away); Mad River Railroad (approx. 0.6 miles away); Gene Autry (approx. 0.6 miles away); Frank Bondi (approx. 0.6 miles away); Fort McArthur (approx. 0.6 miles away); The Hardin County Courthouse (approx. 0.7 miles away); "The Liberty Garden" (approx. 0.7 miles away); Veterans Memorial (approx. 0.7 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Kenton.
Also see . . . Kenton Toys. Fabtin Toys website entry (Submitted on February 20, 2023, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York.)
Credits. This page was last revised on February 22, 2023. It was originally submitted on October 1, 2009, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 3,103 times since then and 244 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on October 1, 2009, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8. submitted on October 2, 2009, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.