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Fremont in Sandusky County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Indian Gantlet and Race Course

Ohio Revolutionary Memorial Trail

 
 
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By Dale K. Benington, June 7, 2010
1. Indian Gantlet and Race Course Marker
Inscription.  
Indian Gantlet and Race Course
»»««
From the present State Street
to the railroad bridge was
a famous Indian race track
and gantlet run by captives.
James Whittaker ran it so
well that he was adopted and
given land by the Indians.

 
Erected 1930 by Ohio Revolutionary Memorial Commission. (Marker Number C43.)
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: LandmarksNative AmericansSettlements & Settlers. In addition, it is included in the Ohio Revolutionary Memorial Commission series list.
 
Location. 41° 20.867′ N, 83° 6.79′ W. Marker is in Fremont, Ohio, in Sandusky County. Marker is on North Front Street north of West State Street, on the right when traveling north. This historical marker is located in downtown Fremont, just north of the State Street Bridge, which crosses the Sandusky River, on the west side of the River. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 253 North Front Street, Fremont OH 43420, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other
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By Dale K. Benington, June 7, 2010
2. Indian Gantlet and Race Course Marker
View looking northeast of historical marker in the foreground, and in the background, just beyond the railroad tracks is the cement flood walls that protects downtown Fremont from the flood waters of the Sandusky River.
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markers are within walking distance of this marker. Fremont (within shouting distance of this marker); Soldier's Monument (about 800 feet away, measured in a direct line); Old Betsy (approx. 0.2 miles away); Fort Stephenson (approx. 0.2 miles away); a different marker also named Fort Stephenson (approx. 0.2 miles away); Near This Spot (approx. 0.2 miles away); Great Gathering Place (approx. 0.2 miles away); a different marker also named Fremont (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Fremont.
 
More about this marker. This historical marker is part of the Ohio Revolutionary Memorial Trail series (type C) which was put in place in 1930 to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the Ohio's Revolutionary War era Battle of Piqua, by the Ohio Revolutionary Memorial Commission.

In order to accomplish this, in 1929 the state of Ohio created the Ohio Revolutionary Memorial Commission, and then in 1930 this commission created 22 military trails, throughout western Ohio, between Cincinnati, Ohio on the state's southern border and Toledo, Ohio on the state's northern border. Each of these military trails represented the routes, or trails, used by military leaders during either the Revolutionary War, the Indian Wars of 1790 to 1795, or the War of 1812. Each of these military routes connected various related historical sites, that were marked with Ohio Revolutionary Memorial Commission (type C) markers, along each of the military trails. Back when this historical marker was first erected, in 1930, Front Street was then part of State Route 53 and State Street was then part of US 20.

The routes of these military trails were in turn marked by type A and type B Ohio Revolutionary Memorial Commission markers that served as directional (type B) and distance (type A) markers.

Originally, back in 1930, there were erected 70 some of these Ohio Revolutionary Memorial Commission, type C, markers. To date, there are only 20 some of them that have been located and posted on the Historical Marker database. A number of them are presently missing, and presumed to be permanently lost.
 
Also see . . .  Ohio Revolutionary Memorial Trail System. A description of the Revolutionary Memorial Trail System developed by the state of Ohio in 1929 - 1930. (Submitted on June 9, 2010, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio.) 
 
Indian Gantlet and Race Course Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, June 7, 2010
3. Indian Gantlet and Race Course Marker
View looking north of the historical marker along North Front Street (the old State Route 53). In the distant background is a view of the Railroad Bridge, crossing the Sandusky River, that is referred to in the text of the historical marker.
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By Dale K. Benington, June 7, 2010
4. Indian Gantlet and Race Course Marker
View looking south of the historical marker with a background view of the intersection of Front and State streets. This is the State Street that is referred to in the text of the historical marker.
Ohio Revolutionary Memorial Trail Map image. Click for full size.
Image courtesy of the MidPointe Library System (www.MidPointeLibrary.org)
5. Ohio Revolutionary Memorial Trail Map
A view of an original Ohio Revolutionary Memorial Trail Map, from 1930. For a better view double click on this picture.
Ohio Revolutionary Memorial Commission Marker Types image. Click for full size.
Image provided by Ohio Revolutionary Memorial Commission publication, dated 1931., June 26, 2019
6. Ohio Revolutionary Memorial Commission Marker Types
View of the three types of markers used by the Ohio Revolutionary Memorial Commission. The marker on the left is a type A marker, the marker in the middle is a type C (just like our featured marker), and the marker on the right is a type B. For a better view double click on this picture.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 28, 2019. It was originally submitted on June 9, 2010, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio. This page has been viewed 1,576 times since then and 15 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on June 9, 2010, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio.   5. submitted on September 4, 2014, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio.   6. submitted on June 28, 2019, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio.

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