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St. Marys in Auglaize County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Grand Lake Saint Marys

 
 
Grand Lake Saint Marys Marker image. Click for full size.
By Michael Baker, March 15, 2016
1. Grand Lake Saint Marys Marker
Inscription. Grand Lake Saint Marys, originally Mercer County reservoir was worlds largest man made lake when constructed in 1837-1841 Water supply for Miami-erie Canal from here to the Maumee River at Defiance - 17603 acres. in 1856 lake level lowered 5.4 feet to prevent flooding - 15,748 acres - cost $528,222.07

Worlds first offshore oil well drilling occurred here 1891 - Piles were driven to support a platform for derrick and drilling rig - Oil well derricks were as numerous in the lake as the surrounding land area. Erected by the Auglaize County Historical Society 1978
 
Erected 1978 by Auglaize County Historical Society.
 
Location. 40° 32.368′ N, 84° 25.037′ W. Marker is in St. Marys, Ohio, in Auglaize County. Marker can be reached from State Route 364 near Parkway Drive. Touch for map. Located in East Bank park on Grand Lake, off 364. Near the shelter house area, in between two park roads. Marker is in this post office area: Saint Marys OH 45885, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 7 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Fort St. Marys / Fort Barbee / Girty Town (approx. 1.4 miles away); Saint Marys River (approx. 1.6 miles away); Miami and Erie Canal

Grand Lake Saint Marys Marker image. Click for full size.
By Michael Baker, March 15, 2016
2. Grand Lake Saint Marys Marker
(approx. 1.6 miles away); The "Short Level" of the Miami and Erie Canal (approx. 1.6 miles away); Fort St. Marys (approx. 1.7 miles away); Broadwell Mill (approx. 4 miles away); New Knoxville: The Ladbergen Kinship (approx. 6.1 miles away); Plank Road (approx. 6.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in St. Marys.
 
Additional comments.
1. Lake lowering mentioned on the marker.
While the marker certainly appears to say the lake was lowered 54 feet, I believe it was meant to say 5.4 feet. There is no way to lower a lake that is about 10 foot deep, 54 feet...........
    — Submitted March 18, 2016, by Michael Baker of Lima, Ohio.

 
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on March 16, 2016, by Michael Baker of Lima, Ohio. This page has been viewed 180 times since then and 19 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on March 16, 2016, by Michael Baker of Lima, Ohio. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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