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Near Yellow Springs in Greene County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Orton Memorial

Not Neglected, Not Forgotten, Just Hard to Get To

 

—Deep in the Woods of John Bryan State Park —

 
Orton Memorial plaque, showing text image. Click for full size.
By Rev. Ronald Irick, September 12, 2014
1. Orton Memorial plaque, showing text
Inscription. In memory of Edward Orton

1829-1899

He loved the youth of the land and inspired them to seek education. He taught them to build a soul. He advocated the beautiful religion of Jesus Christ. Especially did he inspire them with a love for nature. He implored them to uphold with staunch citizenship their country as founded by Washington, Jefferson, Horace Mann, and Abraham Lincoln.

Hugh Taylor Birch
 
Erected 1938 by Hugh Taylor Birch.
 
Location. 39° 47.824′ N, 83° 50.339′ W. Marker is near Yellow Springs, Ohio, in Greene County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of hiking trail in John Bryan State Park. Touch for map. Marker is located in the DEEP WOODS, with ONLY a trail access.

Marker can be reached from two trails. Option #1, enter John Bryan State Park on Ohio St Rt 370 southbound off of St Rt 343, between Clifton and Yellow Springs. Entering the park through the main gate, continue southeast past the Park Office, through several picnic areas, eventually east and northeast, past the “Day Lodge”, past the “Wingo Picnic Area”, to the old “Swimming Pool”/ “Orton Picnic Area” parking lot. (the swimming
Orton Memorial plaque, with text and artwork image. Click for full size.
By Rev. Ronald Irick, September 12, 2014
2. Orton Memorial plaque, with text and artwork
pool no longer exists, but the name remains a landmark for locals) This is a large parking lot at the end of the road, easily 1 ½ miles from the main gate.

There are multiple trailheads from this lot. (The “John Bryan” monument is at the northeast corner.) At the very north side of the parking lot is a closed gate, and a sign for the “Orton Memorial Trail”. The trail is 3 to 4 feet wide, packed dirt. Not quite ¼ mile into the woods, the trail reaches the brink of the gorge at a double “tee” intersection. The main trail runs southwest to northeast along the top of the cliffs. The “Orton Memorial Trail” cuts back to the northwest a couple hundred feet to a clearing. The Orton Memorial Monument stands at the far side of the clearing.

Option #2 is to park at the trail head parking lot on St Rt 343, just west of Clifton. The main trails lead to the gorge from the parking lot. The Orton Memorial Trail cuts off more to the southwest, away from the gorge. Again, it is approximately ¼ mile to the junction of four trails, with the short leg to the northwest and the clearing.

It is easily ½ mile through the woods from the Gorge Trailhead to Orton Parking Lot. Marker is at or near this postal address: 3790 State Route 370, Yellow Springs, OH 45387, Yellow Springs OH 45387, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers.
Orton Memorial Marker close up image. Click for full size.
By Rev. Ronald Irick, September 12, 2014
3. Orton Memorial Marker close up
At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. John Bryan (approx. ¼ mile away); Clifton Gorge (approx. 0.4 miles away); Camp Birch (approx. half a mile away); Clifton Gorge Marker (approx. 0.6 miles away); Historical Clifton (approx. 0.7 miles away); Erastus Mitchell Birch (approx. 1.8 miles away); Horace Mann (approx. 1.8 miles away); Historic Grinnell Mill (approx. 2.1 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Yellow Springs.
 
Regarding Orton Memorial. Edward Orton Sr., was a naturalist and geologist, who served as president of Antioch College. He later served as president of Ohio State University. He was a close companion of Horace Mann, and Hugh Taylor Birch. Glen Helen is named after Birch's daughter. John Bryan State Park, Clifton Gorge, Glen Helen, and multiple youth camps are all a part of this area.
 
Categories. Environment
 
Orton Memorial in clearing, in deep woods above Clifton Gorge image. Click for full size.
By Rev. Ronald Irick, September 12, 2014
4. Orton Memorial in clearing, in deep woods above Clifton Gorge
Orton Memorial Trail Head, at Orton parking Lot, in John Bryan State Park image. Click for full size.
By Rev. Ronald Irick, September 12, 2014
5. Orton Memorial Trail Head, at Orton parking Lot, in John Bryan State Park
gate is locked, trail is packed earth 3 to 4 feet wide, fairly level
Orton Memorial Trail sign image. Click for full size.
By Rev. Ronald Irick, September 12, 2014
6. Orton Memorial Trail sign
John Bryan State Park map image. Click for full size.
By Rev. Ronald Irick, September 13, 2014
7. John Bryan State Park map
Ohio Department of Natural Resources, printed 8-13, marked up, and colored by Dr. Ronald Irick red star is Monument blue arrow is Clifton Gorge Trail Head on St Rt 343 yellow arrow is Orton Trail Head at Orton Parking Lot, in John Bryan State Park
Orton Memorial Marker image. Click for full size.
By Rev. Ronald Irick, September 12, 2014
8. Orton Memorial Marker
my electric scooter, parked at the Orton Memorial proof that I was there, and YOU can get there, too
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on September 13, 2014, by Rev. Ronald Irick of West Liberty, Ohio. This page has been viewed 360 times since then and 64 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8. submitted on September 13, 2014, by Rev. Ronald Irick of West Liberty, Ohio. • Al Wolf was the editor who published this page.
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