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Fremont in Sandusky County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Great Gathering Place

Ohio Revolutionary Memorial Trail

 
 
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By Dale K. Benington, June 22, 2019
1. Great Gathering Place Marker
Inscription.  
Where Fremont now stands
was the great gathering
place for captives enroute
to Detroit for bounty.
Here Boone, Kenton, Brady,
the Moravian Missionaries,
Heckewelder and Zeisberger,
and many others, were held.

 
Erected 1930 by Ohio Revolutionary Memorial Commission. (Marker Number C42.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Ohio Revolutionary Memorial Commission marker series.
 
Location. 41° 20.819′ N, 83° 7.016′ W. Marker is in Fremont, Ohio, in Sandusky County. Marker is on North Park Avenue north of Croghan Street, on the left when traveling south. This marker is located in a municipal park, across the street, and east, from the Sandusky County Courthouse. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Fremont OH 43420, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Fremont (within shouting distance of this marker); Near This Spot (within shouting distance of this marker); Fort Stephenson (about 400
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By Dale K. Benington, June 22, 2019
2. Great Gathering Place Marker
View of marker looking east.
feet away, measured in a direct line); Old Betsy (about 500 feet away); a different marker also named Fort Stephenson (about 500 feet away); Soldier's Monument (about 600 feet away); a different marker also named Fremont (approx. 0.2 miles away); Indian Gantlet and Race Course (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Fremont.
 
More about this marker. This historical marker was part of the Ohio Revolutionary Memorial Trail series (a type C marker) 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.

Back when this historical marker was first erected, in 1930, Front Street was then part of State Route 53 and State Street was then part of US 20. I suspect that like all the other Ohio Revolutionary Memorial Commission markers, this marker was originally located along either a state or federal highway, rather than in the municipal park. Probably it was situated along US 20, several blocks north of the park.

Although this marker is not on its original supporting posts, it is one of the few Ohio Revolutionary Memorial Commission markers to still have its warning, regarding the defacing of this marker being a violation of the state's General Code of Law, attached to the side of one of the posts. This attachment states, "$50 fine or 10 days imprisonment or both for defacing this marker Ohio State General Code Section 12489."

On a side note, for close to 30 years I would coach girls basketball, and travel to Fremont Junior High School for at least one game every year. At the time, Fremont Junior High School was located across the street from the marker, just south of the park. So it was in the mid 1980s through the 1990s that whenever we came to play a game at Fremont, I would see this marker, but then, suddenly, it was gone. And for the rest of my coaching career I did not see it. However, during a recent trip to Fremont, I noticed that once again, this marker was situated in this municipal park, and I was glad to see that one of the few remaining Ohio Revolutionary Memorial Commission markers had been restored.
 
Also see . . .  Ohio Revolutionary Memorial Trail System. A description of the Revolutionary Memorial Trail System developed by the state of Ohio in 1929 - 1930. (Submitted on June 24, 2019, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio.) 
 
Categories. Native AmericansSettlements & SettlersWar, US Revolutionary
 
Great Gathering Place Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, June 22, 2019
3. Great Gathering Place Marker
A more distant view of the marker, looking east.
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By Dale K. Benington, June 22, 2019
4. Great Gathering Place Marker
A closer view of the marker, showing the original "state legal code warning" that is attached to the north support pole of the marker.
Great Gathering Place Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, June 22, 2019
5. Great Gathering Place Marker
A close-up view of the attachment, which states, "$50 fine or 10 days imprisonment or both for defacing this marker Ohio State General Code Section 12489."
Great Gathering Place Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, June 22, 2019
6. Great Gathering Place Marker
View of the marker, looking west, with the Sandusky County Courthouse seen in the distant background.
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By Dale K. Benington, June 22, 2019
7. Great Gathering Place
View of the intersection of North Park Avenue and Croghan Street, with the marker being across the street from the Sandusky County Courthouse (seen on the left side of the picture) and in the municipal park (seen on the right side of the picture).
Ohio Revolutionary Memorial Commission Marker Types image. Click for full size.
Image provided by Ohio Revolutionary Memorial Commission publication, dated 1931.
8. Ohio Revolutionary Memorial Commission Marker Types
View of the three types of markers used by the Ohio Revolutionary Memorial Commission. The marker on the left is a type A marker, the marker in the middle is a type C (just like our featured marker), and the marker on the right is a type B. For a better view double click on this picture.
Ohio Revolutionary Memorial Trail Map image. Click for full size.
Image courtesy of the MidPointe Library System (www.MidPointeLibrary.org)
9. Ohio Revolutionary Memorial Trail Map
A view of an original Ohio Revolutionary Memorial Trail Map, from 1930. For a better view double click on this picture.
 

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Credits. This page was last revised on June 28, 2019. This page originally submitted on June 23, 2019, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio. This page has been viewed 68 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9. submitted on June 24, 2019, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio.
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