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Urbana in Champaign County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Simon Kenton

Ohio Revolutionary Memorial Trail

 
 
Simon Kenton Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, June 24, 2011
1. Simon Kenton Marker
Inscription.  
1755 - Simon Kenton - 1836

In Oakland Cemetery, one
mile east,is the grave and
monument of Simon Kenton,
pioneer, soldier, Indian scout.
Also, "The Indian Hunter,"
by J.Q.A.Ward, noted sculptor
and native of Urbana, now
marking his grave.

 
Erected 1930 by Ohio Revolutionary Memorial Commission. (Marker Number C22X.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Ohio Revolutionary Memorial Commission marker series.
 
Location. 40° 6.49′ N, 83° 45.099′ W. Marker is in Urbana, Ohio, in Champaign County. Marker is on Scioto Street east of North Main Street (U.S. 68), on the right when traveling west. This historical marker is difficult to locate because it is currently affixed to the side of a bank building in the downtown business district. It is located about half of a block east of the downtown traffic circle (which marks the center of the downtown business district), along an alley which provides bank customers
Simon Kenton Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, June 24, 2011
2. Simon Kenton Marker
View of the historical marker affixed to the outer eastern wall of a downtown bank, with a partial view looking east along Scioto Street.
driving cars with access to the bank's drive through window. So the historical marker is affixed to the outside eastern wall of the Peoples Savings Bank, between the drive through window and the southeastern corner of the building. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Urbana OH 43078, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Champaign County Civil War Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker); This tablet mark's the Site of Doolittle's Tavern (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Champaign County Veterans Memorial (about 500 feet away); Dayton, Springfield, and Urbana Electric Railway (about 500 feet away); Champaign County World War I Memorial (about 600 feet away); Harmony Lodge No. 8 Free and Accepted Masons (about 700 feet away); Billy "Single" Clifford /Clifford Theater (approx. 0.2 miles away); War Council of 1812 (approx. mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Urbana.
 
More about this marker. This historical marker is part of the Ohio Revolutionary Memorial Trail series (type C) which was put in place in 1930 to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the Ohio's Revolutionary War era Battle of Piqua, by the Ohio Revolutionary Memorial Commission.

In order to accomplish this, in 1929 the state of Ohio created the Ohio Revolutionary Memorial Commission, and then in 1930 this commission created 22 military trails, throughout western Ohio, between Cincinnati, Ohio on the state's southern border and Toledo, Ohio on the state's northern border. Each of these military trails represented the routes, or trails, used by military leaders during either the Revolutionary War, the Indian Wars of 1790 to 1795, or the War of 1812. Each of these military routes connected various related historical sites, that were marked with Ohio Revolutionary Memorial Commission (type C) markers, along each of the military trails.

The routes of these military trails were in turn marked by type A and type B Ohio Revolutionary Memorial Commission markers that served as directional (type B) and distance (type A) markers.

Originally, back in 1930, there were erected 70 some of these Ohio Revolutionary Memorial Commission, type C, markers. To date, there are only 20 some of them that have been located and posted on the Historical Marker database. A number of them are presently missing, and presumed to be permanently lost.

Of the 20 some original markers that have been included in the historical marker database only a small number of them have the original art work, sometimes referred to as silhouettes, across the top of the historical marker. This is a feature that makes these markers quite unique from most other historical markers. This "Simon Kenton" marker is one of those very few markers.
 
Also see . . .
1. Ohio Revolutionary Memorial Trail System. A description of the Revolutionary Memorial Trail System developed by the state of Ohio in 1929 - 1930. (Submitted on July 4, 2011, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio.) 

2. 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 8, 2014, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio.)
Simon Kenton Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, June 24, 2011
3. Simon Kenton Marker
View of the historical marker affixed to the outer eastern wall of a downtown bank, with a partial view looking north along a downtown alley.
 
 
Additional comments.
1.
The silhouette on the Kenton marker is the "Indian Hunter" by John Q.A. Ward. A copy is on Ward's grave, near Kenton's in Oakdale Cemetery. John Quincy Adams Ward Marker.
    — Submitted July 17, 2019, by Rev. Ronald Irick of West Liberty, Ohio.

 
Categories. Notable Persons
 
Simon Kenton Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, June 24, 2011
4. Simon Kenton Marker
View looking south along a downtown alley, showing where the alley empties into Scioto Street in downtown Urbana, and of the historical marker affixed to the outer eastern wall of a downtown bank.
Simon Kenton Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, June 24, 2011
5. Simon Kenton Marker
Another view of the historical marker.
Simon Kenton Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, July 15, 2019
6. Simon Kenton Marker
A close-up view of the unique marker art work, or silhouette, across the top of the historical marker.
Simon Kenton Marker image. Click for full size.
By Rev. Ronald Irick, March 26, 2016
7. Simon Kenton Marker
detail of the ORMC logo and date
Simon Kenton image. Click for full size.
Internet Archive, November 16, 2007
8. Simon Kenton
engraved by P. W. Dodson after a portrait by L. W. Morgan from National Portrait Gallery by Longacre & Herring 1839
Ohio Revolutionary Memorial Trail Map image. Click for full size.
Image courtesy of the MidPointe Library System (www.MidPointeLibrary.org)
9. Ohio Revolutionary Memorial Trail Map
A view of an original Ohio Revolutionary Memorial Trail Map, from 1930. For a better view double click on this picture.
Ohio Revolutionary Memorial Commission Marker Types image. Click for full size.
Image provided by Ohio Revolutionary Memorial Commission publication, dated 1931.
10. Ohio Revolutionary Memorial Commission Marker Types
View of the three types of markers used by the Ohio Revolutionary Memorial Commission. The marker on the left is a type A marker, the marker in the middle is a type C (just like our featured marker), and the marker on the right is a type B. For a better view double click on this picture.
 

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Credits. This page was last revised on July 18, 2019. This page originally submitted on July 4, 2011, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio. This page has been viewed 1,054 times since then and 61 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on July 4, 2011, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio.   6. submitted on July 17, 2019, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio.   7. submitted on March 26, 2016, by Rev. Ronald Irick of West Liberty, Ohio.   8. submitted on August 10, 2018, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland.   9. submitted on September 8, 2014, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio.   10. submitted on June 26, 2019, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio.
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