Near Archbold in Henry County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
Draining the Great Black Swamp
The geography of the swamp retarded major settlement up to the Civil war. The 1859 Ohio Ditch Law, a harbinger of drainage legislation nationally, created a cooperative system for individuals to petition county government to surface drain the area. Simultaneous to the surface drainage projects, a massive effort was underway timbering the former swamp forest. Virgin timber for the fleets of America and Europe, grade lumber for the farms and the emerging cities of the area, stave wood for the barrel and stave mills, and the left-over slabwood to fuel the hundreds of clay tile mill kilns dotting the counties of the swamp nearly denuded the landscape of these giant trees. The family-owned clay tile mills allowed under-drainage to transform the swamp into Ohio's most contiguously farmed and productive region.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Ohio Historical Society / The Ohio History Connection marker series.
Location. 41° 27.079′ N, 84° 18.022′ W. Marker is near Archbold, Ohio, in Henry County. Marker can be reached from Ohio Route 34 one mile from Ohio Route 66. Touch for map. The marker is located in front of the main doors to the Northwest State Community College. Use the west driveway. The second road to the right is a drop-off at the front doors. The marker is on the left as you approach. To park, continue around to the back and park. You'll have to walk a little or a lot, depending on the time of day and day of the week. Marker is at or near this postal address: 22600 State Route 34, Archbold OH 43502, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 10 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The Ohio Art Company (approx. 4.8 miles away); Evansport (approx. 5.3 miles away); Erie J. Sauder (approx. 6.4 miles away); Stryker Depot (approx. 7 miles away); Stryker's Railroad Heritage (approx. 7 miles Stryker (approx. 7½ miles away); Civil War Camp Latty (approx. 9½ miles away); The Henry County Courthouse (approx. 10 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Archbold.
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Also see . . . The Great Black Swamp. A link to information on the Black Swamp, it's history and the history around and through it. (Submitted on December 7, 2007, by Christopher Light of Valparaiso, Indiana.)
Categories. • Agriculture • Environment • Natural Resources • Settlements & Settlers •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on November 6, 2007, by Christopher Light of Valparaiso, Indiana. This page has been viewed 6,339 times since then and 166 times this year. Last updated on December 11, 2012, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7. submitted on November 6, 2007, by Christopher Light of Valparaiso, Indiana. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.