In 1847, John Russell, for whom Russells Point is named, was born near the shores of the original spring-fed Indian Lake. His parents farmed near the areas we know today as Lake Ridge and O’Connors Point on the east side of Indian Lake. Mr. Russell married and began his family while farming on his family’s land. In October 1891, he decided to lease from the Bureau of Public Works a portion of marshy, forested land which jutted out into the Lewistown Reservoir on the southern edge of the lake. The lease for the seven acres was for 15 years at an annual rent of $48. Mr. Russell constructed a white frame farmhouse for his family, which eventually numbered eleven children, and set up farming and fishing. The house was built near where the west end of the current location of the Sandy Beach Bridge. In 1894, after three years of obliging fishermen who had traveled long hours to get to the Lewistown Reservoir and who were in need of food or other help, Mr. Russell decided to leave the area. Russells Point was incorporated in 1928.
In 1831 after the Lewistown Reservaton Indians signed a final treaty and were removed to Kansas, folks simply slowly began to settle the lands west of the Lewistown reservoir. An 1875 Atlas Map of Logan County, Ohio shows only two houses in what would be Lakeview.
Location. 40° 28.37′ N, 83° 53.724′ W. Marker is in Russells Point, Ohio, in Logan County. Marker is on West Main Street (Ohio Route 366), on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 100 West Main St., Russells Point OH 43348, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Islands and Beaches (a few steps from this marker); When the Music Died (a few steps from this marker); 1913 Flood (a few steps from this marker); Sandy Beach Amusement Park (within shouting distance of this marker); Our Lady of Fatima (within shouting distance of this marker); Native Americans (within shouting distance of this marker); Miami- Erie Canal / Lewistown Reservoir (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Interurban Transportation (about 300 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Russells Point.
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 8, 2017. This page originally submitted on June 7, 2017, by Rev. Ronald Irick of West Liberty, Ohio. This page has been viewed 137 times since then and 22 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on June 7, 2017, by Rev. Ronald Irick of West Liberty, Ohio. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.