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

Fort Stephenson

Ohio Revolutionary Memorial Trail

 
 
Fort Stephenson Marker image. Click for full size.
1. Fort Stephenson Marker
Inscription.  
2 blocks south - site of
Fort Stephenson
Here, in 1813, Major Croghan
with only 160 men and the
cannon, "Old Betsy," heroically
defended the fort against
over 2800 British and Indians.

 
Erected 1930 by Ohio Revolutionary Memorial Commission. (Marker Number C.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Ohio Revolutionary Memorial Commission marker series.
 
Location. Marker is missing. It was located near 41° 20.854′ N, 83° 6.868′ W. Marker was in Fremont, Ohio, in Sandusky County. Marker was at the intersection of West State Street (U.S. 20Bus) and North Arch Street, on the right when traveling east on West State Street. Touch for map. This marker was located in downtown Fremont, on the town's main street, a couple of blocks north of the Birchard Public Library. Marker was 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 location. Fremont (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Indian Gantlet and Race Course
Fort Stephenson Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, June 22, 2019
2. Fort Stephenson Marker
A view looking west along West State Street, assuming that this marker was located on the southwest corner of the intersection. The marker would have been in the area of the light pole on the corner.
(about 400 feet away); Soldier's Monument (about 500 feet away); Old Betsy (about 500 feet away); Near This Spot (about 600 feet away); a different marker also named Fort Stephenson (about 600 feet away); a different marker also named Fort Stephenson (about 600 feet away); Great Gathering Place (about 700 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Fremont.
 
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, including this particular marker, which is listed on page 75 of the ORMC 1931 Planning Report.
 
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Fort Stephenson Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, June 22, 2019
3. Fort Stephenson Marker
Another, wider view, looking west along West State Street. Back in 1930, West State Street was probably a bit narrower than today, perhaps even two lanes. That being said, this marker was probably located more in the street, in the area in front of the light pole on the corner.
Fort Stephenson Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, June 22, 2019
4. Fort Stephenson Marker
A view looking east along West State Street, assuming that this marker was located on the southwest corner of the intersection, in the area by the light pole and fire hydrant.
Fort Stephenson Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, June 22, 2019
5. Fort Stephenson Marker
A view looking south, from the area of the missing marker, along North Arch Street, with a distant view of the street corner where Fort Stephenson was once located.
Ohio Revolutionary Memorial Commission Marker Types image. Click for full size.
Image provided by Ohio Revolutionary Memorial Commission publication, dated 1931.
6. 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 missing 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)
7. 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 24, 2019, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio. This page has been viewed 73 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7. submitted on June 24, 2019, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio.
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