Near Convoy in Van Wert County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
Here Lies Robert Nesbitt / The Western Terminus of the Lincoln Highway in Ohio
Here Lies Robert Nesbitt
This is the grave site of Robert Nesbitt, an immigrant from Convoy, Ireland who named Convoy, Ohio after his home town. In 2010, the Convoy Community Foundation, Convoy Lions Club, Convoy Business Association, and Convoy Community Days, Inc. raised the funds to restore Nesbitt's tombstone. A representative from Convoy, Ireland – Ray Bonar – attended the rededication ceremony on July 4, 2010. The Van Wert County Historical Society took over the care of the grave site, which is in the Sugar Ridge Cemetery. The cemetery has been under the care of the Tully Township Trustees since its foundation.
The Western Terminus of the Lincoln Highway in Ohio
Carl Fisher, the builder of the Indianapolis Speedway, provided the inspiration for the first intercontinental road in the USA. The two major supporters of the project were Henry Joy, president of the Packard Car Company and Frank Seiberling, president of the Goodyear Tire Company. On July 1, 1913 the Lincoln Highway Association was founded with Henry Joy as president. The $10 million project began at Times Square in New York City and finished at Lincoln Park in San Francisco. The highway covered 3,389 miles and twelve states. In Ohio it stretches from Van Wert to East Liverpool.
Erected 2011 by Iberdrola Renewables Company's Blue Creek Windmill Farm Project and the Ohio Historical Society. (Marker Number 6-81.)
Marker series. This marker is included in the Lincoln Highway, and the Ohio Historical Society / The Ohio History Connection marker series.
Location. 40° 56.319′ N, 84° 41.945′ W. Marker is near Convoy, Ohio, in Van Wert County. Marker is at the intersection of Lincoln Highway and Pollock Road, on the right when traveling north on Lincoln Highway. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Convoy OH 45832, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 11 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Robert Nesbit (within shouting distance of this marker); Company D, 2nd Ohio Volunteer Infantry Monument (approx. 6.7 miles away); Civil War Soldiers and Sailors Monument (approx. 6.7 miles away); Van Wert Gazebo (approx. 7½ miles away); First County Library in the United States (approx. The Brumback Library (approx. 7.7 miles away); Hoghe Road Bridge (approx. 8.3 miles away); The Wayne Trace (approx. 10.8 miles away in Indiana).
Also see . . . Lincoln Highway Association Official Website. (Submitted on October 5, 2013.)
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on October 5, 2013, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas. This page has been viewed 415 times since then. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on October 5, 2013, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas.