Maumee in Lucas County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
Site of Fort Miami
Ohio Revolutionary Memorial Trail
Site of Fort Miami
Erected 1680 - the oldest
fortified trading post in
the Mid-west. Here flew
the flags of France, 1680;
Great Britain, 1760; and
the United States, 1796.
Erected 1930 by Ohio Revolutionary Memorial Commission. (Marker Number C.)
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Colonial Era • Forts and Castles • Industry & Commerce • Wars, US Indian. In addition, it is included in the Ohio Revolutionary Memorial Commission series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1680.
Location. Marker is missing. It was located near 41° 34.327′ N, 83° 37.564′ W. Marker was in Maumee, Ohio, in Lucas County. Marker could be reached from the intersection of River Road and Michigan Avenue. This historical marker should be located where Michigan Avenue. dead ends into River Road, on the river side of River Road, in a small, Lucas County Touch for map. Marker was at or near this postal address: 1900 River Road, Maumee OH 43537, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this location. Old Fort, New Battle (a few steps from this marker); Running A Gauntlet (a few steps from this marker); A Shattered Truce (a few steps from this marker); The Formidable Fort Miamis (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); 41st Regiment of Foot - War of 1812 / Private Patrick Russell (about 400 feet away); Fort Miamis (about 400 feet away); Fallen Timbers Battlefield and Fort Miamis National Historic Site (about 400 feet away); Letters From 1794 / A Strategic Location (about 500 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Maumee.
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.
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, including this featured marker.
I do vaguely recall seeing this marker back in either the late 1970s or early 1980s, here at this site. What in particular I recall about seeing this marker was the claim in the text of the marker that the French had a fortified trading post at this site in 1680, which I was not aware of.
I have been unsuccessful in my efforts to track down the current whereabouts of this Ohio Revolutionary Memorial Trail marker. All that I know of for certain is that it is currently missing from the location where last I recall having seen it. However, I will add this, I am of the opinion that back in 1930, when all of the Ohio Revolutionary Memorial Commission markers were erected, they were all situated along, and very near, the state or federal highways, so that they could be seen by the passing cars (back in 1930, the portion of River Road that runs past today's Fort Miamis Metropark, was US 25). Where I recall having seen this marker was near the end of the walking path, on the ridge overlooking the Maumee River, so it would have been relocated from its original location, nearer to the roadway (I do believe).
Also see . . .
1. Ohio Revolutionary Memorial Trail System. A description of the Revolutionary Memorial Trail System developed by the state of Ohio in 1929 - 1930. (Submitted on September 7, 2014, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio.)
2. 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 7, 2014, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio.)
Credits. This page was last revised on August 1, 2019. It was originally submitted on September 7, 2014, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio. This page has been viewed 439 times since then and 7 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on September 7, 2014, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio. 7. submitted on April 20, 2016, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio.