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Busenbark in Butler County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Busenbark / Dr. Charles F. Richter

1900 - 1985

 

—An originator of the Richter Scale —

 
Busenbark Marker (Side A) image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., August 2, 2009
1. Busenbark Marker (Side A)
Inscription.
Side A: Busenbark
In 1833, Robert Busenbark deeded land to the directors of School District No. 6 for Busenbark School. Twenty years later, Robert and son David granted a right-of-way on their property for a station on the Cincinnati, Hamilton & Dayton Railroad (CH&D). One of eleven depots in Butler County, Busenbark station attracted the Kinsinger-Augspurger Warehouse and the Kennel Grain Elevator to the area in the 1860s. The railroad also enabled the cross-roads settlement to host an American championship prize fight in 1867. Fighting with bare knuckles in an outdoor ring, Mike McCoole bested Aaron Jones in a match seen by thousands.

The Busenbark generating station supplied power to interurban lines until 1912 and later furnished electricity to local residents. Farmers and the Miami Poultry Yards depended on the trains and interurban to ship produce. The railroad depot disappeared between 1914 and 1916; the school closed after 1937; interurban service ended in 1939. All that remains of Busenbark is Busenbark Road, which was established in 1858.

Side B: Dr. Charles F. Richter
Charles F. Richter was born approximately one mile from Busenbark at Sunnyside Farm on Wehr Road, Overpeck. In 1909, his family moved to California. In 1928, Richter received his Ph.D. in theoretical physics from the
Dr. Charles F. Richter Marker (Side B) image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., August 2, 2009
2. Dr. Charles F. Richter Marker (Side B)
California Institute of Technology and began work at the Seismology Laboratory. That same year, he married Lillian Brand, a creative writing teacher. Working with Beno Gutenberg, Richter developed a means to measure the magnitude of earthquakes, which was published as the Richter Scale in 1935. Richter also helped to establish the Southern California Seismic Array, a network of instruments that tracks the origin and intensity of earthquakes. He knew seven languages, authored textbooks, and devoted his life to seismology.
 
Erected 1999 by Trenton Historical Society, Miami Machine Corporation, and The Ohio Historical Society. (Marker Number 8-9.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Ohio Historical Society / The Ohio History Connection marker series.
 
Location. 39° 27.944′ N, 84° 29.151′ W. Marker is in Busenbark, Ohio, in Butler County. Marker is at the intersection of Hamilton-Trenton Road and Busenbark Road, on the right when traveling north on Hamilton-Trenton Road. Touch for map. Marker is also about 300 feet NE of the intersection of Hamilton-Trenton Road and Riverside Drive, just NW of the railroad tracks. Marker is in this post office area: Trenton OH 45067, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 miles of this
Busenbark / Dr. Charles F. Richter Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., August 2, 2009
3. Busenbark / Dr. Charles F. Richter Marker
Looking NE, with Riverside Drive at extreme right, Busenbark Road between the marker and the white house, and Hamilton-Trenton Road to the left of the house and trees.
marker, measured as the crow flies. The Village of Trenton / The Elk Creek Baptist Church and Cemetery (approx. 1.8 miles away); Founder's Park (approx. 1.8 miles away); Village of Miltonville (approx. 2.8 miles away); Bambo Harris Grist Mill (approx. 2.8 miles away); Gen. Anthony Wayne (approx. 3.2 miles away); Road of Remembrance (approx. 3.6 miles away); Middletown Veterans Memorial (approx. 4.7 miles away); Middletown Korean Conflict Memorial (approx. 4.8 miles away).
 
Also see . . .
1. USGS Interview with Charles Richter. (Submitted on March 12, 2010, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. Charles F. Richter. (Submitted on March 12, 2010, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
3. Cal Tech Interview with Charles Richter. (Submitted on March 12, 2010, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
4. Busenbark, Ohio. (Submitted on March 12, 2010, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
 
Categories. 20th CenturyNotable Persons
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on March 12, 2010, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 2,093 times since then and 75 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on March 12, 2010, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.
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