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Perrysburg in Wood County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Fort Meigs Directional Marker

Ohio Revolutionary Memorial Trail

 
 
Fort Meigs Directional Marker Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, March 19, 2016
1. Fort Meigs Directional Marker Marker
A close-up view of the text that is affixed to the side of this Ohio Revolutionary Memorial Trail, Type B, directional marker.
Inscription.  
$50 Fine
or
10 days
imprison-
ment or
both for
defacing
this
marker

Ohio State
General Code
Section 12489

 
Erected 1930 by Ohio Revolutionary Memorial Commission. (Marker Number B.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Ohio Revolutionary Memorial Commission marker series.
 
Location. 41° 33.631′ N, 83° 37.831′ W. Marker is in Perrysburg, Ohio, in Wood County. Marker is at the intersection of West Front Street (U.S. 20) and Louisiana Avenue (Ohio Route 199), on the right when traveling west on West Front Street. This marker is located just off a paved walking path, in Hood Park, which is located on the northwest corner of the intersection. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Perrysburg OH 43551, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Perrysburg / Perrysburg Plat Map (a few steps from this marker); Commodore Oliver Hazard Perry (within shouting distance of this marker); History Happened Here
Fort Meigs Directional Marker Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, March 19, 2016
2. Fort Meigs Directional Marker Marker
View of what remains of the Ohio Revolutionary Memorial Trail, Type B, directional marker, situated in Hood Park.
(within shouting distance of this marker); Old Wood County Jail (approx. 0.4 miles away); The Maumee and Western Reserve Road / Turnpike Milestones (approx. 0.8 miles away); A Strategic Location (approx. 0.8 miles away); Running a Gauntlet (approx. 0.8 miles away); Fort Miamis During the War of 1812 (approx. 0.8 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Perrysburg.
 
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, according to the ORMC 1931 Planning Report, there were erected 177 of these Ohio Revolutionary Memorial Commission, type B, markers (see page 54). To date, I know of only three of these type B markers that are still standing.
 
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Ohio Revolutionary Memorial Commission Marker Types image. Click for full size.
Image provided by Ohio Revolutionary Memorial Commission publication, dated 1931.
3. 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, and the marker on the right is a type B (just like our featured marker). For a better view double click on this picture.
Aerial view of Fort Meigs State Memorial image. Click for full size.
Image courtesy of the Ohio History Connection, 1930
4. Aerial view of Fort Meigs State Memorial
A 1930 aerial photograph of the Fort Meigs State Memorial, showing the West Front Street roadway (the old State Route 65), extending right through the middle of the grounds of Fort Meigs. This is unlike today where West Front Street now ends just outside of the reconstructed northern wall of the fort.
Ohio Revolutionary Memorial Commission, Type B, Directional Marker image. Click for full size.
Image provided by Ohio Revolutionary Memorial Commission publication, dated 1931.
5. Ohio Revolutionary Memorial Commission, Type B, Directional Marker
View of what this Ohio Revolutionary Memorial Commission, Type B, directional marker, would have looked liked in 1930. The arrow at the top of this particular marker would have been pointing towards the site of Fort Meigs.
Ohio Revolutionary Memorial Trail Map image. Click for full size.
Image courtesy of the MidPointe Library System (www.MidPointeLibrary.org)
6. 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 July 31, 2019. This page originally submitted on June 26, 2019, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio. This page has been viewed 61 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on June 26, 2019, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio.
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