Near Pleasant City in Guernsey County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
Wreck of the Shenandoah
These were the last words from the doomed Navy airship Shenandoah, caught in a violent storm and crashing 7 miles southwest of this spot near Ava at dawn, September 3, 1925. Fourteen of its crew were killed. While souvenir hunters stripped the wreckage, a nation questioned the value of huge, rigid dirigibles, the last crashing in 1935. Smaller blimps replaced the dirigible as America’s lighter-than-air sentinels of the sky.
Erected 1969 by The Ohio Historical Society. (Marker Number 30-1.)
Marker series. This marker is included in the Ohio Historical Society / The Ohio History Connection marker series.
Location. 39° 54.346′ N, 81° 31.722′ W. Marker is near Pleasant City, Ohio, in Guernsey County. Marker is on Interstate 77, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is on the grounds the southbound Ohio Department of Transportation rest area. Marker is in this post office area: Pleasant City OH 43772, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 9 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. A different marker also named Wreck of the Shenandoah (approx. 2.4 miles away); U.S.S. Shenandoah U.S.S. Shenandoah (approx. 5.3 miles away); Crash of the USS Shenandoah / Lighter-Than-Air Flight (approx. 5.7 miles away); Claude L. Wilson (approx. 8.1 miles away); Peacock Road (approx. 8˝ miles away); Dr. Charles E. Jefferson (approx. 8.8 miles away); George R. Tingle (approx. 8.8 miles away).
More about this marker. This is a one-sided marker. An identical marker has been placed on the northbound rest area nearby. Marker number reads 1-1 but convention is now by county alphabetically, then chronologically by date of placement. Guernsey County is the thirtieth in alphabetical order, hence is actually 30-1.
Related marker. Click here for another marker that is related to this marker. The page for this matching marker has more information on the airship.
Categories. • Air & Space •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on May 8, 2011, by J. J. Prats of Springfield, Virginia. This page has been viewed 448 times since then and 33 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on May 8, 2011, by J. J. Prats of Springfield, Virginia.