Near Portage in Wood County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
Ohio Revolutionary Memorial Trail
Built in 1812, by General
Hull, to protect one of his
camps on his march from
Dayton to Detroit.
Garrisoned again in 1813,
by order of General Harrison.
Erected 1930 by Ohio Revolutionary Memorial Commission. (Marker Number C.)
Marker series. This marker is included in the Ohio Revolutionary Memorial Commission marker series.
Location. Marker is missing. It was located near 41° 19.274′ N, 83° 39.037′ W. Marker was near Portage, Ohio, in Wood County. Marker was on Dixie Highway South (Ohio Route 25) south of Main Street, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. This historical marker was located on the west side of the highway next to the bridge crossing the Portage River (of which there are several). According to both of the Portage Lion Club articles (see related links), the site of this historical marker was just south of the town of Portage, Ohio, on the West Branch of the Portage River. Today, although there are several bridges along the Dixie Highway South that cross different branches of the Portage River, none of them are labeled
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 10 miles of this location, measured as the crow flies. Lunatic House 1885 (approx. 2.7 miles away); Wood County Infirmary (approx. 2.7 miles away); The Main Street Historic District (approx. 3.6 miles away); County of Wood (approx. 3.8 miles away); Ridge School 1886-2013 (approx. 4 miles away); First Seventh-Day Adventist Church (approx. 6.1 miles away); Custer Homestead (approx. 8.4 miles away); Wood County's First Masonic Lodge (approx. 9.1 miles away).
More about this marker. In the 1980s I picked up
The route over which they came was Wood County's pioneer road from north to south and was such miserable excuse for a road that the early settlers called it "Hull Trace."....The army trail entered now Wood County south of North Baltimore, continued north through the eastern section of that present little city, ran just west of now Cygnet, and from the Portage blockhouse veered east, ran north through Bowling Green near the western edge of the Bowling Green State University grounds and crossed the Maumee River about two miles south of Maumee City.
Regarding Portage Stockade. Years ago when I was a young child (late 1950s - early 1960s) my parents would drive me from our home in Toledo,
After we passed through Portage we would cross the headwaters of the Portage River, and as we did, I would see a historical marker, beside the bridge, that always intrigued me. Well, many years have passed since I last saw this historical marker and I had all but forgotten about this marker until I was researching markers that were erected by the Ohio Revolutionary Memorial Commission, back in 1930, that I stumble across proof that this distant memory had actually truly existed.
I discovered that the marker indicated the location of a military post that had been part of Hull's Military Trail, during the War of 1812. In attempting to do more research on this topic I discovered two related links that were provided by the Portage Loins Club. In addition to the historical background information shared in the articles, the author also shared his memories of this marker which were remarkably similar to my own.
He stated, "Like me, you may remember seeing a historical marker along the west side of route 25, just south of Portage. The marker had a brass plaque that told about the fort and its location. It was there when I was in grade school, but the sign, like
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. To better understand the relationship, study each marker in the order shown.
Also see . . .
1. Fort Portage, A Historical Fort In Wood County That Has Long Since Disappeared. This is a link to information provided by the Portage Lions Club. (Submitted on November 12, 2010, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio.)
2. Portage Stockade. This is a link to more information provided by the Portage Lions Club. (Submitted on November 12, 2010, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio.)
3. Ohio Revolutionary Memorial Trail System. A description of the Revolutionary Memorial Trail System developed by the state of Ohio in 1929 - 1930. (Submitted on November 13, 2010, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio.)
4. Hull's Road. This is a link to information provided by Ohio History Central, an online encyclopedia of Ohio History. (Submitted on November 17, 2010, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio.)
5. Cartographic Map of the (Western) Ohio Revolutionary Memorial Trail, 1930. This is a link to information provided by the Midpointe Library System. Middletown, Trenton, West Chester, Ohio. (Submitted on September 2, 2014, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio.)
6. 1931 'Biennium Report of the Ohio Revolutionary Memorial Commission'. This is a link to information provided by the (Submitted on March 25, 2016, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio.)
7. Salmagundi: The Portage Blockhouse. This is a link to an article written about the Portage Blockhouse. (Submitted on March 26, 2016, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio.)
Categories. • Forts, Castles • War of 1812 •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on November 12, 2010, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio. This page has been viewed 1,187 times since then and 61 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on November 12, 2010, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio. 5. submitted on September 2, 2014, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio. 6. submitted on April 20, 2016, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio.