South Bloomingville in Hocking County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
Salt and Hunting Trails
Modern roads often have their precedents in much older thoroughfares. Two ancient paths once converged near this point. As late as the 1700s, the Salt Trail guided Native Americans from the upper Scioto Valley plains past Cantwell Cliffs, Cedar Falls, and Ash Cave to the salt springs in present-day Jackson County to obtain this precious commodity. The alignment of this path parallels State Route 56 from South Bloomingville and then turns southward along Narrows Road through the Salt Creek valley. An important Shawnee hunting trail extended from the Chillicothe area to the wooded hills in this region, which abounded in elk, buffalo, black bear, deer, and wild turkey. Route 56 from Ash Cave to Laurelville closely follows this trail.
Erected 2000 by Ohio Bicentennial Commission, The Longaberger Company, Hocking County Tourism Association, Wyandot Land Company, Wyandot Woods, and The Ohio Historical Society. (Marker Number 3-37.)
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Animals • Anthropology & ArchaeologyColonial Era • Environment • Native Americans • Natural Resources • Roads & Vehicles • Waterways & Vessels. In addition, it is included in the Ohio Historical Society / The Ohio History Connection series list.
Location. 39° 24.789′ N, 82° 38.663′ W. Marker is in South Bloomingville, Ohio, in Hocking County. Marker is on Ohio Route 56, on the left when traveling west. Marker is about 300 feet west of Salt Creek and the intersection of Ohio Route 56 and County Road 184. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: South Bloomingville OH 43152, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 6 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Whispering Cave (approx. 5 miles away); Our Inspirations (approx. 5 miles away); Ash Cave (approx. 5.4 miles away); Ash Cave Trail (approx. 5.4 miles away); Sphinx Head (approx. 5.6 miles away); Old Man’s Cave (approx. 5.6 miles away); a different marker Old Man’s Cave (approx. 5.6 miles away); Devil’s Bathtub (approx. 5.8 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in South Bloomingville.
Also see . . . Salt Creek Township, Pickaway County, Ohio. This 1880s historical description of a neighboring township along the same Salt Creek in a neighboring county provides insightful information. (Submitted on November 23, 2009, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on November 23, 2009, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 1,129 times since then and 26 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on November 23, 2009, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. 3. submitted on March 4, 2010, by Joe Todd Fraker of Lancaster, Ohio. 4. submitted on November 23, 2009, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.