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Kenton in Hardin County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Kenton Hardware Company

 
 
Kenton Hardware Company Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., May 9, 2009
1. Kenton Hardware Company Marker
Inscription. First organized as the Kenton Lock Manufacturing Company in 1890, the Kenton Hardware Company became one of the world's largest cast iron toy factories. Under the management of L. S. Bixler, toy stoves, banks, fire company outfits, horse drawn vehicles, automobiles and cap pistols were produced. The immensely popular Gene Autry cap pistol was produced at this plant beginning in 1938. The Company ceased production in 1952 but Kenton toys continue to be popular collectors items worldwide.
 
Erected 1991 by Country Connection Club and The Ohio Historical Society. (Marker Number 10-33.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Ohio Historical Society / The Ohio History Connection marker series.
 
Location. 40° 38.344′ N, 83° 36.87′ W. Marker is in Kenton, Ohio, in Hardin County. Marker is on Espy Street (Ohio Route 67), on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 350 W. Espy Street, Kenton OH 43326, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Mad River Railroad (approx. 0.6 miles away); Fort McArthur (approx. 0.6 miles away); The Hardin County Courthouse
Kenton Hardware Company Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., May 9, 2009
2. Kenton Hardware Company Marker
(approx. 0.7 miles away); "The Liberty Garden" (approx. 0.7 miles away); Hardin County Ohio Civil War Soldier Monument (approx. 1.5 miles away); Jacob Parrott (approx. 1.5 miles away); Hardin County Korean War Memorial (approx. 1.5 miles away); Hardin County War Memorial (approx. 1.5 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Kenton.
 
Also see . . .  Gene Autry Cap Pistol. (Submitted on October 2, 2009, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
 
Categories. EntertainmentIndustry & CommerceMan-Made Features
 
Kenton Hardware Co. Mural in Gene Autry Park image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., May 9, 2009
3. Kenton Hardware Co. Mural in Gene Autry Park
At NE corner of Franklin and Markets Streets.
Kenton Hardware Co. Mural in Gene Autry Park image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., May 9, 2009
4. Kenton Hardware Co. Mural in Gene Autry Park
At NE corner of Franklin and Market Streets
Kenton Hardware Co. Mural in Gene Autry Park image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., May 9, 2009
5. Kenton Hardware Co. Mural in Gene Autry Park
At NE corner of Franklin and Market Streets
Kenton Hardware Co. Mural/Gene Autry Park Sponsors image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., May 9, 2009
6. Kenton Hardware Co. Mural/Gene Autry Park Sponsors
Kenton Hardware Company Mural Artist image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., May 9, 2009
7. Kenton Hardware Company Mural Artist
Gene Autry / Kenton Hardware Company Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., May 9, 2009
8. Gene Autry / Kenton Hardware Company Marker
In Gene Autry Park at NE corner of Franklin and Market Streets
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on October 1, 2009, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 2,122 times since then and 111 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on October 1, 2009, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.   3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8. submitted on October 2, 2009, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.
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