Near Portage in Wood County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
Ohio Revolutionary Memorial Trail
Built in 1812, by General
Hull, to protect one of his
camps on his march from
Dayton to Detroit.
Garrisoned again in 1813,
by order of General Harrison.
Erected 1930 by Ohio Revolutionary Memorial Commission. (Marker Number C.)
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Forts or Castles • War of 1812. In addition, it is included in the Ohio Revolutionary Memorial Commission series list.
Location. Marker is missing. It was located near 41° 19.274′ N, 83° 39.037′ W. Marker was near Portage, Ohio, in Wood County. Marker was on Dixie Highway South (Ohio Route 25) south of Main Street, on the right when traveling south. This historical marker was located on the west side of the highway next to the bridge crossing the Portage River (of which there are several). According to both of the Portage Lion Club articles (see Touch for map. Marker was in this post office area: Portage OH 43451, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 9 miles of this location, measured as the crow flies. Lunatic House (approx. 2.7 miles away); Wood County Infirmary (approx. 2.7 miles away); The Main Street Historic District (approx. 3.6 miles away); County of Wood (approx. 3.8 miles away); Frank J. Prout Chapel (approx. 3.8 miles away); Ridge School 1886-2013 First Seventh-Day Adventist Church (approx. 6.1 miles away); Custer Homestead (approx. 8.4 miles away).
More about this marker. In the 1980s I picked up a publication entitled, "Brief History of Wood County, Ohio." With regards to the Portage Stockade and General Hull's march on Detroit through Wood County it states the following: "About the middle of June, 1812, this little settlement was set astir by the arrival of General William Hull with two thousand troups on his way to Detroit. He had come up from Dayton and in order to guard their line of communications had constructed Fort McArthur in Harding County. Findlay on the Blanchard River, a small stockade on the north branch of the Portage, called Fort Portage. These were but temporary defenses and were garrisoned by a few men under petty officers.
The route over which they came was Wood County's pioneer road from north to south and was such miserable excuse for a road that the early settlers called it "Hull Trace."....The army trail entered now Wood County south of North Baltimore, continued north through the eastern section of that present little city, ran just west of now Cygnet, and from the Portage blockhouse veered east, ran north through Bowling Green near the western edge of the Bowling Green State University grounds and crossed the Maumee River about two miles south of Maumee City.
All of that being said, this particular 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.
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.
Regarding Portage Stockade. Years ago when I was a young child (late 1950s - early 1960s) my parents would drive me from our home in Toledo, Ohio to my grandmother's home in Findlay, OH. Because these were the days before Interstate 75 had been constructed, we would drive there on State Route 25, which would take us through Portage, Ohio.
After we passed through Portage we would cross the headwaters of the Portage River, and as we did, I would see a historical marker, beside the bridge, that always intrigued me. Well, many years have passed since I last saw this historical marker and I had all but forgotten about this marker until I was researching markers that were erected by the Ohio Revolutionary Memorial Commission, back in 1930, that I stumble across proof that this distant memory had actually truly existed.
I discovered that the marker indicated the location of a military post that had been part of Hull's Military Trail, during the War of 1812. In attempting to do more research on this topic I discovered two related links that were provided by the Portage Loins Club. In addition to the historical background information shared in the
He stated, "Like me, you may remember seeing a historical marker along the west side of route 25, just south of Portage. The marker had a brass plaque that told about the fort and its location. It was there when I was in grade school, but the sign, like the fort itself, is no longer in sight."
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. To better understand the relationship, study each marker in the order shown.
Also see . . .
1. Fort Portage, A Historical Fort In Wood County That Has Long Since Disappeared. This is a link to information provided by the Portage Lions Club. (Submitted on November 12, 2010, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio.)
2. Portage Stockade. This is a link to more information provided by the Portage Lions Club. (Submitted on November 12, 2010, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio.)
3. Ohio Revolutionary Memorial Trail System. A description of the Revolutionary Memorial Trail System developed by the state of Ohio in 1929 - 1930. (Submitted on November 13, 2010, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio.)
4. Hull's Road. This is a link to information provided by Ohio History Central, an online encyclopedia of Ohio History. (Submitted on November 17, 2010, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio.)
5. Cartographic Map of the (Western) Ohio Revolutionary Memorial Trail, 1930. This is a link to information provided by the Midpointe Library System. Middletown, Trenton, West Chester, Ohio. (Submitted on September 2, 2014, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio.)
6. Salmagundi: The Portage Blockhouse. This is a link to an article written about the Portage Blockhouse. (Submitted on March 26, 2016, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio.)
Credits. This page was last revised on August 1, 2019. It was originally submitted on November 12, 2010, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio. This page has been viewed 1,262 times since then and 29 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on November 12, 2010, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio. 5. submitted on September 2, 2014, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio. 6. submitted on April 20, 2016, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio.