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Perrysburg in Wood County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

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Ohio Revolutionary Memorial Trail

 

—Harrison-Hull-Tupper Marches —

 
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Inscription.
Ohio's
Revolutionary
Memorial
Trail

Text on South Side :

Harrison-Hull-Tupper
1812 • Marches • 1813
- - - - -
½
Mile to
Fort
Meigs

<————

Text on North Side :

Harrison-Hull-Tupper
1812 • Marches • 1813
- - - - -
½
Miles to
Fort
Meigs

————>

 
Erected 1930 by Ohio Revolutionary Memorial Commission. (Marker Number A123.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Ohio Revolutionary Memorial Commission marker series.
 
Location. Marker is missing. It was located near 41° 33.352′ N, 83° 38.514′ W. Marker was in Perrysburg, Ohio, in Wood County. Marker was on West Boundary Street (Ohio Route 25) near West Front Street (Ohio Route 65), on the left when traveling north. Touch for map. Nothing remains of this marker, but originally it would have been situated along the extreme northern end of the Ohio Revolutionary Memorial Trail System route that connected Springfield, Ohio to Fort Meigs. This
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By Dale K. Benington, April 27, 2016
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View of the street corner (by the gate to the cemetery) where the missing marker was most probably located, looking west, in the direction of Fort Meigs, along West Front Street (old State Route 65), which was the street that the directional marker indicated to turn onto, in order to get to Fort Meigs, ½ mile away.
marker was intended to inform travelers on this particular Ohio Revolutionary Memorial Trail that Fort Meigs was located just ½ mile to the west, along West Front Street (along what was old State Route 65, back in 1930). Marker was in this post office area: Perrysburg OH 43551, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this location. Fort Meigs Union Cemetery (approx. 0.3 miles away); The Indian Wars (approx. half a mile away); Old Wood County Jail (approx. half a mile away); Fort Meigs (approx. half a mile away); General William Henry Harrison (approx. half a mile away); House of Four Pillars (approx. 0.6 miles away); Major Amos Stoddard (approx. 0.6 miles away); First Presbyterian Church (approx. 0.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Perrysburg.
 
More about this marker. This historical marker is part of the Ohio Revolutionary Memorial Trail series which was put in place in 1930 to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the Ohio's Revolutionary War era Battle of Piqua, by the Ohio Revolutionary Memorial Commission.

In order to accomplish this, in 1929 the state of Ohio created the Ohio Revolutionary Memorial Commission, and then in 1930 this commission created 22 military trails, throughout western
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By Dale K. Benington, April 27, 2016
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View, from the probable site of the marker, looking north along State Route 25 (and west bound US 20), which is the roadway that the northbound traveler would use along the 1930 era Ohio Revolutionary Memorial Trail.
Ohio, between Cincinnati, Ohio on the state's southern border and Toledo, Ohio on the state's northern border. Each of these military trails represented the routes, or trails, used by military leaders during either the Revolutionary War, the Indian Wars, or the War of 1812. Each of these military routes connected various related historical sites, that were marked with Ohio Revolutionary Memorial Commission (type C) markers, along each of military trails.

The routes of these military trails were in turn marked by type A and type B Ohio Revolutionary Memorial Commission markers that served as directional (type B) and distance (type A) markers. This particular marker is one of the type A markers of the Ohio Revolutionary Memorial Trail series.

Originally, back in 1930, according to the ORMC 1931 Planning Report, there were erected 168 some of these Ohio Revolutionary Memorial Commission, type A, markers (see page 54). To date, I know of only 3 of these type A markers that have been located and posted on the Historical Marker database (markers A95, A96, and A1340). A large number of them are presently missing, including this particular marker, A123, which is listed on page 57 of the 1931, Ohio Revolutionary Memorial Commission's Planning Report.
 
Also see . . .
1. Ohio Revolutionary Memorial Trail System.
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View from where the marker was most probably located, looking south, along State Route 25, which in 1930 was part of the north and south Ohio Revolutionary Memorial Trail System. Note, that in 1930, State Route 65 would have continued west along West Front Street.
A description of the Revolutionary Memorial Trail System developed by the state of Ohio in 1929 - 1930. (Submitted on April 2, 2016, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio.) 

2. Cartographic Map of the (Western) Ohio Revolutionary Memorial Trail, 1930. This is a link to information provided by the Midpointe Library System. Middletown, Trenton, West Chester, Ohio. (Submitted on April 2, 2016, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio.) 

3. 1931 'Biennium Report of the Ohio Revolutionary Memorial Commission'. This is a link to information provided by the Ohio War of 1812 Bicentennial Commission's website, regarding the Ohio Revolutionary Memorial Commission's military trails system and trail markers. (Submitted on April 2, 2016, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio.) 
 
Additional comments.
1. Ohio Revolutionary Memorial Trail System.
This particular Ohio Revolutionary Memorial Commission (ORMC), Type A marker, once helped to mark the military marches of Generals Harrison, Hull, and Tupper, during the War of 1812. According to the ORMC 1931 Planning Report (see page 57), it was used on the portion of the Ohio Revolutionary Memorial Trail System that connected Springfield to Fort Meigs. According to the Ohio Revolutionary Memorial Trails cartographic map, that was issued by the ORMC in 1930, this marker
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By Dale K. Benington, March 30, 2016
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View, looking north, along West Boundary Street (State Route 25), at intersection with West Indiana Street, which includes the present day version of a directional marker to Fort Meigs. Back in 1930, you couldn't reach Fort Meigs by traveling on West Indiana Street, you had to go about ½ further north and turn left on West Front Street to get there.
was situated along the roadway that in 1930 was US 25, but is today, State Route 25.

Back in 1930, when this marker was originally erected, US 25 was most likely a two lane roadway, whereas today, it is a four lane roadway.

Along some portions of the Ohio Revolutionary Memorial Trail System, it is difficult to identify the probable location of these markers because the roadways of 1930 are so much different from the present day roadways. Many of the original roadways have been re-routed or by-passed, or in some cases given new route number designations, and this particular marker involves just such a major roadway revision.

Originally State Route 65 had been routed right over the site of Fort Meigs and ran right through the middle of our present day Fort Meigs State Memorial park, however, sometime after 1930, it was re-routed around the Fort Meigs Cemetery, and the roadway was completely removed from the grounds of the Fort Meigs State Memorial park.

So today, the original ORMC trail that in 1930 followed West Front Street (old State Route 65) to the Fort Meigs State Memorial, no longer is capable of reaching its intended destination. The ORMC Trail comes up just short due to today's West Front Street coming to a dead end just a short distance in front of the reconstructed walls of Fort Meigs.
   
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By Dale K. Benington, April 27, 2016
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View of where today, West Front Street comes to a dead end, just short of the reconstructed walls of Fort Meigs. In 1930, West Front Street continued right through the middle of the site of Fort Meigs.
— Submitted April 2, 2016, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio.

 
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Aerial view of Fort Meigs State Memorial image. Click for more information.
Image courtesy of the Ohio History Connection, 1930
7. Aerial view of Fort Meigs State Memorial
A 1930 aerial photograph of the Fort Meigs State Memorial, showing the West Front Street roadway (the old State Route 65), extending right through the middle of the grounds of Fort Meigs. This is unlike today where West Front Street now ends just outside of the reconstructed northern wall of the fort.
Click for more information.
1924 Era Plat Book Map image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, April 27, 2016
8. 1924 Era Plat Book Map
View of a 1924 era plat book map, showing the Fort Meigs area roadways that were featured in the 1930 Ohio Revolutionary Memorial Trail System (including the roadway going through the center of the Fort Meigs State Memorial property).
Ohio Revolutionary Memorial Commission Marker Types image. Click for full size.
By Ohio Revolutionary Memorial Commission
9. Ohio Revolutionary Memorial Commission Marker Types
View of the three types of markers used by the Ohio Revolutionary Memorial Commission. The marker on the left is a type A marker (just like our missing marker), the marker in the middle is a type C, and the marker on the right is a type B.
Ohio Revolutionary Memorial Trail Map image. Click for full size.
Image courtesy of the MidPointe Library System (www.MidPointeLibrary.org)
10. Ohio Revolutionary Memorial Trail Map
A view of an original Ohio Revolutionary Memorial Trail Map, from 1930. For a better view double click on this picture.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on April 2, 2016, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio. This page has been viewed 189 times since then and 33 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on April 2, 2016, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio.   4. submitted on April 28, 2016, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio.   5. submitted on April 2, 2016, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio.   6, 7. submitted on April 28, 2016, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio.   8. submitted on April 29, 2016, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio.   9, 10. submitted on April 2, 2016, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio.
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