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Bellefontaine in Logan County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

The Railroad in Logan County

Railroad YMCA

 
 
The Railroad in Logan County Marker image. Click for full size.
By Rev. Ronald Irick, September 23, 2014
1. The Railroad in Logan County Marker
close up of side A
Inscription.

Side A-

The Railroad in Logan County Bellefontaine was a railroad town from the 1890ís to the 1950ís. The city was the site of one of the largest roundhouses and repair centers on the Big Four/ New York Central Lines and trains stopped here to have steam engines serviced and to switch crews. Up to ninety freight trains and over forty passenger trains came to Bellefontaine each day. The railroad was a major employer in Logan County. Over two hundred employees worked at the roundhouse and shops at any one time and many others were members of the train crews, Bellefontaineís importance as a railroad center waned in the 1960ís with the increased use of diesel engines, newer technology and other modes of transportation. Yet, the railroad and itís workers left an indelible.mark on the history of Bellefontaine.

Side B-

Railroad YMCA Bellefontaineís significance as a railroad town brought many railroad workers to the area. The workers who did not live here needed a place to stay and eat while they waited for their next shifts. In 1901 the Big Four Railroad opened the first YMCA in Bellefontaine and in 1923 built a larger building at this site to house and feed itís transitory employees. The building contained forty- nine small bedrooms, a restaurant, and a special center
Railroad YMCA Marker image. Click for full size.
By Rev. Ronald Irick, September 23, 2014
2. Railroad YMCA Marker
close up of side B
for rail- roaders. Nearly 8,000 workers used the Railroad YMCA each yearí It was a second home for many and a symbol of Bellefontaine as a railroad town. The building was razed in 2009.
 
Erected 2010 by Levi W. Lile & Nancy Nicholl Lile The Ohio Historical Society. (Marker Number S 12-46.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Ohio Historical Society / The Ohio History Connection marker series.
 
Location. 40° 21.708′ N, 83° 45.792′ W. Marker is in Bellefontaine, Ohio, in Logan County. Marker is at the intersection of North Elm Street and West Columbus Avenue, on the right when traveling north on North Elm Street. Touch for map. marker is in a small park at the west of the Bellefontaine Municipal Court Building it is at the north east corner of North Elm, and West Columbus Avenue, the site of the old YMCA Bellefontaine Municipal Court is located at 226 West Columbus Avenue. Marker is at or near this postal address: 101 North Elm, Bellefontaine OH 43311, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Free Servicemen's Canteen, 1942-1946 (within shouting distance of this marker); Powell Park, the Old Burial Ground (about 800 feet away, measured in a direct line); General Robert Patterson Kennedy
The Railroad in Logan County Marker image. Click for full size.
By Rev. Ronald Irick, September 23, 2014
3. The Railroad in Logan County Marker
from Elm Street
(approx. 0.2 miles away); The First Concrete Street in America (approx. 0.2 miles away); George Washington Memorial Tree (approx. 0.2 miles away); Blue Jacket Town (approx. 0.2 miles away); Logan County Veterans Memorial (approx. 0.2 miles away); Bellefontaine World War I Memorial (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Bellefontaine.
 
Categories. Industry & CommerceRailroads & Streetcars
 
Railroad YMCA Marker image. Click for full size.
By Rev. Ronald Irick, September 23, 2014
4. Railroad YMCA Marker
full view
The Railroad in Logan County Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, April 10, 2015
5. The Railroad in Logan County Marker
View of marker, looking west, with a distant view of the railroad crossing on West Columbus Avenue, with a freight train using the crossing.
Railroad YMCA image. Click for full size.
By Rev. Ronald Irick
6. Railroad YMCA
old post card from the personal effects of the late Frances Johnston Clapp.
Levi Lile Law Office image. Click for full size.
By Rev. Ronald Irick, September 23, 2014
7. Levi Lile Law Office
across the street (Elm Street) from the marker
Another Small Marker image. Click for full size.
By Rev. Ronald Irick, September 23, 2014
8. Another Small Marker
small bronze plaque on picnic table next to marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on September 23, 2014, by Rev. Ronald Irick of West Liberty, Ohio. This page has been viewed 402 times since then and 82 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on September 23, 2014, by Rev. Ronald Irick of West Liberty, Ohio.   5. submitted on April 24, 2015, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio.   6, 7, 8. submitted on September 23, 2014, by Rev. Ronald Irick of West Liberty, Ohio. • Al Wolf was the editor who published this page.
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