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Kelley's Island in Erie County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Glacial Grooves State Memorial

 
 
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By Dale K. Benington, September 30, 2005
1. Glacial Grooves State Memorial Marker
Inscription. Welcome to the Glacial Grooves State Memorial. This memorial, containing of three and one-half acres on Kelleys Island, has been administered by the Ohio Historical Society since 1932.

Impressive is size and shape, these glacial grooves are of great geologic significance as well. Approximately 35,000 years ago, when the climate was much cooler and wetter, a great continental glacier flowed from Canada into northern Ohio. After the climate warmed and the ice melted (about 10,000 years ago), this island retained a spectacular reminder of the glacier's presence here -- these huge glacial grooves, which had been carved in the limestone bedrock by the action of the advancing glacier.

Due to their size and ease of accessibility, these are the most famous glacial grooves in the world. Since this formation was discovered over a century ago, it has been an object of fascination to students, vacationers, and scientists alike. Geologists have studied these grooves for many years in an effort to determine exactly how they were carved by the glacier. Several theories have been proposed, but there is still no entirely satisfactory explanation.
 
Erected 1977 by The Ohio Historical Society.
 
Location. 41° 35.52′ N, 82° 
Glacial Grooves State Memorial Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, September 30, 2005
2. Glacial Grooves State Memorial Marker
A close-up view of the text portion of the historical marker.
42.444′ W. Marker is in Kelley's Island, Ohio, in Erie County. Marker is at the intersection of Division Street and Ohio Route 575 on Division Street. Touch for map. This historical marker is located on Kelleys' Island, in Lake Erie. To see this marker one must travel to Marblehead, Ohio and catch the ferry boat service to Kelley's Island. The historical marker is located near the state park on the north side of the island. Marker is in this post office area: Kelleys Island OH 43438, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 6 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Inscription Rock (here, next to this marker); Marblehead Lighthouse (approx. 3.8 miles away); Lake Erie (approx. 3.9 miles away); Johnson's Island (approx. 5.5 miles away); The Keeper’s House (approx. 5.6 miles away); Home of Benajah Walcott (approx. 5.6 miles away); a different marker also named The Keeper's House (approx. 5.6 miles away); First Battle Site (approx. 5.7 miles away).
 
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Glacial Grooves State Memorial image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, September 30, 2005
3. Glacial Grooves State Memorial
A view looking west of a portion of the glacial grooves.
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By Dale K. Benington, September 30, 2005
4. Glacial Grooves State Memorial Marker
Another view looking west from the southeast corner of the glacial grooves.
Glacial Grooves State Memorial Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, September 30, 2005
5. Glacial Grooves State Memorial Marker
View looking west of the southern portion of the glacial grooves, with a view of the pedestrian bridge crossing the grooves at the west end of the park, in the distant background of the picture.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on February 27, 2010, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio. This page has been viewed 1,322 times since then and 26 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on February 27, 2010, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio.
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