Marietta in Washington County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
Northwest Ordinance Sesquicentennial Columns
To those unfamed citizens who conceived a new purpose and direction for this nation in its making and whose insistence upon incorporation of the “Rights of Men” into our fundamental law set the pattern for America's contribution to the governmental progress of humanity.
Here with the founding of this Nation's first colony and establishment of the first American civil government west of the thirteen original states, began the march of the United States of America across a continent to the western sea.
The Ordinance of 1787 contained the United States first governmental recognition of the “Rights of Men.” Not included in the Constitution when adopted they were later added until all of them are now a part of our organic law.
Erected 1938 by United States Congress.
Location. 39° 24.879′ N, 81° 27.38′ W. Marker is in Marietta, Ohio, in Washington County. Marker is at the intersection of Front Street and Putnam Street, on the left when traveling north Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Marietta OH 45750, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. American Union Lodge No. 1, F. & A. M. (within shouting distance of this marker); First Congregational Church (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); a different marker also named First Congregational Church (about 400 feet away); Lockmasterís House (about 500 feet away); Muskingum Park (about 500 feet away); Memorial to the “Start Westward of the United States” (about 600 feet away); Ohio National Guard Armory (about 600 feet away); General Arthur St. Clair (about 600 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Marietta.
More about this marker. The four columns are in two sets flanking Front Street and marking the original limits of Muskingum Park; two columns are at the intersection of Front and Putnam Streets, and two columns flank Front Street about 100 feet south of the Wooster Street intersection.
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