Near Pleasant City in Guernsey County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
Wreck of the Shenandoah
These were the last words from the doomed Navy airship Shenandoah, caught in a violent storm and crashing 7 miles southwest of this spot near Ava at dawn, September 3, 1925. Fourteen of its crew were killed. While souvenir hunters stripped the wreckage, a nation questioned the value of huge, rigid dirigibles, the last crashing in 1935. Smaller blimps replaced the dirigible as America’s lighter-than-air sentinels of the sky.
Erected 1969 by The Ohio Historical Society. (Marker Number 1-30.)
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Air & Space. In addition, it is included in the Ohio Historical Society / The Ohio History Connection series list. A significant historical month for this entry is September 1862.
Location. 39° 54.346′ N, 81° 31.722′ W. Marker is near Pleasant City, Ohio, in Guernsey County. Marker is on Interstate 77, on the right when traveling south. Marker is on the grounds the southbound Ohio Department of Transportation rest area. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Pleasant City OH 43772, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. Eisenhower Interstate System (approx. 2.4 miles away); a different marker also named Eisenhower Interstate System (approx. 2.4 miles away); a different marker also named Wreck of the Shenandoah (approx. 2.4 miles away); Senecaville (approx. 4 miles away); U.S.S. Shenandoah (approx. 4.6 miles away); Wreckage Site Number 1 of the U.S. Navy Airship Shenandoah (approx. 4.7 miles away); a different marker also named U.S.S. Shenandoah (approx. 5.3 miles away); Crash of the USS Shenandoah / Lighter-Than-Air Flight (approx. 5.7 miles away).
More about this marker. This is a one-sided marker. An identical marker has been placed on the northbound rest area nearby. Marker number reads 1-1 but convention is now by county alphabetically, then chronologically by date of placement. Guernsey County is the thirtieth in alphabetical order, hence is actually 1-30.
Related marker. Click here for another marker that is related to this marker. The page for this matching marker has more information on the airship.
Credits. This page was last revised on August 19, 2018. It was originally submitted on May 8, 2011, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio. This page has been viewed 944 times since then and 181 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on May 8, 2011, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio.