Cridersville in Auglaize County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
Town Pond Reservoir Cridersville's Great Fire of 1918
The Village of Cridersville was founded in 1856. With the discovery of oil in 1885 the village prospered and grew quickly. Its business district developed along Main Street in the first block east of the railroad. The Town Pond Reservoir was constructed here in the 1890s to provide water in the event of fire. At 3:00 p.m. on May 2, 1918, a rubbish fire was started across the street from this pond and blew out of control. The fire ignited a nearby barn, and, with the aid of strong winds, soon carried to the business district on East Main Street. Wood frame construction and wooden shingles allowed the fire to spread rapidly. Within an hour both sides of Main Street were ablaze and the village had but a single hand pumper to fight the fire.
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The Lima and Wapakoneta Fire Companies were notified at once. Upon arrival, they began to pump from this pond and within an hour it was dry. Boy Scouts and soldiers from Lima also came to help fight the fire. The column of smoke could be seen for miles and the heat was so intense that trains could not pass through town. By 6:00
Erected 2003 by Cridersville Historical Society, Village of Cridersville, and The Ohio Historical Society. (Marker Number 4-6.)
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Disasters • Industry & Commerce • Man-Made Features • Notable Events • Settlements & Settlers. In addition, it is included in the Ohio Historical Society / The Ohio History Connection series list. A significant historical month for this entry is May 1865.
Location. 40° 39.191′ N, 84° 8.646′ W. Marker is in Cridersville, Ohio, in Auglaize County. Marker is at the intersection of Main Street and the CSX railroad tracks, on the left when traveling west on Main Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 100 E Main Street, Lima OH 45806, 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. Veterans Memorial (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Town Fire Bell (about 400 feet away); 155M.M. Howitzer Cannon (about 400 feet away); J. R. Romaker, M.D. Office Site (about 500 feet away); Mary Shafer (approx. 1.1 miles away); Johnny Appleseed Tree (approx. 2.9 miles away); Sharp School Bell (approx. 3 miles away); Shawnee Council House (approx. 3.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Cridersville.
Credits. This page was last revised on September 24, 2020. It was originally submitted on March 15, 2010, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 1,518 times since then and 199 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on March 15, 2010, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.