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

Ohio Canal Ground-Breaking

 
 
Ohio Canal Ground-Breaking Marker image. Click for full size.
By Heather Crawford, September 6, 2007
1. Ohio Canal Ground-Breaking Marker
Inscription.  At this site on July 4, 1825, Governor DeWitt Clinton of New York turned the first shovelful of dirt for the Ohio Canal. The ceremony was attended by area citizens of Master Masons.

In the early 1840’s James A. Garfield, who was to become the 20th President of the United States and a Master Mason, led tow horses on the canal.
 
Erected 1978 by The 22 Lodges of the 19th Masonic District, Coshocton, Knox, and Licking Counties and the Ohio Historical Society. (Marker Number 2-45.)
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Bridges & ViaductsFraternal or Sororal OrganizationsIndustry & CommerceMan-Made FeaturesWaterways & Vessels. In addition, it is included in the Ohio Historical Society / The Ohio History Connection series list. A significant historical month for this entry is July 1780.
 
Location. 40° 0.857′ N, 82° 27.375′ W. Marker is in Heath, Ohio, in Licking County. Marker is on Hebron Road (Ohio Route 79) near Coffman Boulevard, on the right when traveling north.
Marker can be seen in the distance next to Hebron Rd., State Rt. 79. Coffman Blvd. is on left. image. Click for full size.
By Heather Crawford, September 6, 2007
2. Marker can be seen in the distance next to Hebron Rd., State Rt. 79. Coffman Blvd. is on left.
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Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Heath OH 43056, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Great Circle Earthworks (approx. 2.3 miles away); The Newark Earthworks (approx. 2.4 miles away); The Observatory Mound (approx. 2˝ miles away); Octagon Earthworks (approx. 2.7 miles away); Wright Earthworks (approx. 2.9 miles away); Beard-Green Cemetery in the Dawes Arboretum (approx. 3˝ miles away); The Toledo and Ohio Central Railroad (approx. 3.6 miles away); Dawes Arboretum Hedge (approx. 3.8 miles away).
 
Regarding Ohio Canal Ground-Breaking. Canal is hidden from view by thick trees in the background of the monument.
 
Also see . . .
1. Ohio's Historic Canals. (Submitted on September 9, 2007, by Heather Crawford of Newark, Ohio.)
2. Governor DeWitt Clinton's grave. (Submitted on September 9, 2007, by Heather Crawford of Newark, Ohio.)
 
Monument commemorating the site of groundbreaking ceremonies on July 4, 1825. image. Click for full size.
By Heather Crawford, September 6, 2007
3. Monument commemorating the site of groundbreaking ceremonies on July 4, 1825.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on September 9, 2007, by Heather Crawford of Newark, Ohio. This page has been viewed 1,497 times since then and 28 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on September 9, 2007, by Heather Crawford of Newark, Ohio. • J. J. Prats was the editor who published this page.

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