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Hamilton in Butler County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Symmes Monument

Hollow Earth Theory

 
 
Symmes Monument Marker image. Click for full size.
By Rev. Ronald Irick, April 17, 2018
1. Symmes Monument Marker
Inscription. Click to hear the inscription.  - “I declare the earth is hollow and habitable within,” said John Cleves Symmes in summarizing his “Theory of Concentric Spheres and Solar Voids” to a doubting scientific world in the early 1820ís. His theory is commemorated by this monument, topped by a replica of a hollow earth. Symmes believed plant and animal life existed within the opening of the hollow earth. The opening was called the Symmes Hole. The former army officer tried to persuade the U.S. Congress to finance hollow – earth exploration. After an exhaustive lecture tour on behalf of his theory, Symmes died May 29, 1829, on his Butler County farm. He was buried here in the pioneer Hamilton cemetery, which Israel Ludlow had provided when he laid out the town in the 1790ís. The theorist was the nephew of Judge John Cleves Symmes (1741- 1814), who promoted settlement in this region after buying land north of the Ohio River between the Little Miami and Great Miami rivers. When Greenwood Cemetery was created north of Hamilton in 1848, many of the remains in the Hamilton graveyard were removed to the new cemetery, but Symmes body remained in its original location. In
Symmes Monument Marker image. Click for full size.
By Rev. Ronald Irick, April 17, 2018
2. Symmes Monument Marker
full view of marker, the Symmes Monument is to far left on the sidewalk
1873, his son, Americus Symmes, obtained permission to erect a monument in the Fourth Ward park. A $16,000 renovation, commissioned by Historic Hamilton Inc., was completed in 1991.
 
Erected 1991 by Historic Hamilton Inc.
 
Location. 39° 23.702′ N, 84° 33.741′ W. Marker is in Hamilton, Ohio, in Butler County. Marker is on South Third Street near Charles Str, on the left when traveling south. Touch for map. marker is at the SW corner of Symmes Park Playground, originally Ludlow Park. Marker is at or near this postal address: 436 S 3rd S, Hamilton OH 45011, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Hollow Earth Monument (within shouting distance of this marker); Abraham Lincoln's 1859 Hamilton Speech (approx. 0.3 miles away); Butler County Courthouse (approx. 0.3 miles away); Cosmopolitan No. 4 (approx. 0.3 miles away); Lentil Park (approx. 0.4 miles away); The Old Well (approx. 0.4 miles away); Grand Army of the Republic Memorial (approx. 0.4 miles away); William Dean Howells (approx. 0.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Hamilton.
 
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Symmes Monument Marker image. Click for full size.
By Rev. Ronald Irick, April 17, 2018
3. Symmes Monument Marker
the Symmes Hollow Earth Monument
Symmes Monument Marker image. Click for full size.
By Rev. Ronald Irick
4. Symmes Monument Marker
drawing of monument from Henry Howe's "Historical Cllections of Ohio"
Symmes Monument Marker image. Click for full size.
By Rev. Ronald Irick, April 17, 2018
5. Symmes Monument Marker
the fence across the south boundary of the park, mimmicks the monument
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 11, 2018. This page originally submitted on April 20, 2018, by Rev. Ronald Irick of West Liberty, Ohio. This page has been viewed 49 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on April 20, 2018, by Rev. Ronald Irick of West Liberty, Ohio.   4. submitted on May 18, 2018, by Rev. Ronald Irick of West Liberty, Ohio.   5. submitted on April 20, 2018, by Rev. Ronald Irick of West Liberty, Ohio. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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