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Toledo in Lucas County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Michigan - Ohio State Line

Ohio Revolutionary Memorial Trail

 

—Hull-Winchester Marches —

 
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1. Michigan - Ohio State Line Marker
Inscription.
Ohio's
Revolutionary
Memorial
Trail

Text on North Side :

Hull-Winchester Marches
1812 • Marches • 1813
- - - - -
Michigan

Ohio
State Line

Text on South Side :

Hull-Winchester
1812 • Marches • 1813
- - - - -
Ohio

Michigan
State Line

 
Erected 1930 by Ohio Revolutionary Memorial Commission. (Marker Number A86.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Ohio Revolutionary Memorial Commission marker series.
 
Location. Marker is missing. It was located near 41° 43.855′ N, 83° 31.885′ W. Marker was in Toledo, Ohio, in Lucas County. Marker was on North Detroit Avenue south of Benore Road, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Nothing remains of this marker, but it originally was situated just south of the Ohio - Michigan border, most probably on the east side of the road, where it appears that the base of one of the ORMC marker posts broke off at ground level.. Marker was in this post office area: Toledo OH 43612, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8
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By Dale K. Benington, April 4, 2016
2. Michigan - Ohio State Line Marker
View of the probable marker site (about midway between the telephone pole and the larger pine tree), looking south along Detroit Avenue, from the Michigan side of the state line (see "Ohio Welcomes You" sign on right side of picture).
other markers are within 5 miles of this location, measured as the crow flies. Peter Navarre (approx. 3.1 miles away); The Great Trail (approx. 3.4 miles away); Michigan-Ohio Boundary Survey 50th Anniversary (approx. 3½ miles away in Michigan); State Line (approx. 3½ miles away); "War" With Happy Ending (approx. 3.8 miles away in Michigan); Canal Terminus / Manhattan (approx. 3.8 miles away); Private Mark Wood (approx. 4.2 miles away); George Duncan Forsyth (approx. 4.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Toledo.
 
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 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
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By Dale K. Benington, April 4, 2016
3. Michigan - Ohio State Line Marker
View looking north along Detroit Avenue, from the Ohio side of the state line. Picture yourself back to 1930, the two traffic lanes on the left side of the picture are gone, and on the right hand curb, just beyond the telephone pole is where our marker would be standing.
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.
 
Also see . . .
1. Ohio Revolutionary Memorial Trail System. A description of the Revolutionary Memorial Trail System developed by the state of Ohio in 1929 - 1930. (Submitted on April 4, 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 4, 2016, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio.) 

3. 1931 'Biennium Report of the Ohio Revolutionary Memorial Commission'.
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By Dale K. Benington, April 4, 2016
4. Michigan - Ohio State Line Marker
Close-up view, looking north, of the probable marker site, which is just beyond the grounded pole support cable. Note the short stone monument, marking the Ohio-Michigan State Line, to the right of the picture.
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 4, 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 General Hull and General Winchester during the War of 1812. According to the ORMC 1931 Planning Report (see page 64), it was used on the portion of the Ohio Revolutionary Memorial Trail System that connected the Indiana State Line to the Michigan State Line via Defiance, Napoleon, and Toledo. According to the Ohio Revolutionary Memorial Trails cartographic map, that was issued by the ORMC in 1930, this marker was situated along the roadway that in 1930 was US 25, but today, it is simply North Detroit Avenue.

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. But other than that, it would "seem" that very little has changed with this fairly remote segment of roadway since 1930.

Along some portions
Michigan - Ohio State Line Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, April 4, 2016
5. Michigan - Ohio State Line Marker
View looking straight down. To the left is the metal tube that surrounds and protects a grounded pole support cable. In the center of the picture is the top of, what very well may be, the support post of the missing ORMC, Type A, marker. The support pole has been broken off at ground level.
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, all of which made locating the original sites of these ORMC markers even more difficult. However, for this particular ORMC marker, because the marker was situated right at the state line, I had a constant to use that had remained in place since the marker was originally erected in 1930.

I would like to add that I located, right where I supposed that the ORMC marker had been situated, what appears to be the bottom portion of a cement support post, broken off right at ground level. It appears to made out of the same material, with very similar width dimensions, as the sole remaining support post for ORMC, type A marker A124, that is still standing at Hood Park, in downtown Perrysburg. I included a picture of the top of what I believe was the broken post segment.
    — Submitted April 4, 2016, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio.

 
Categories. War of 1812
 
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By Dale K. Benington, April 4, 2016
6. Michigan - Ohio State Line Marker
View looking straight down, from slightly farther away, showing both the probable broken ORMC, Type A, marker pole, and its position relative to the nearby street curb.
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By Dale K. Benington, April 4, 2016
7. Michigan - Ohio State Line Marker
View, looking west along the state line, of the short stone monument, that marks the border between Ohio - Michigan. The missing ORMC marker was just west of this stone monument, near the edge of the street.
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By Ohio Revolutionary Memorial Commission
8. 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)
9. 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 4, 2016, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio. This page has been viewed 202 times since then and 59 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on April 5, 2016, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio.   7, 8, 9. submitted on April 7, 2016, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio.
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