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Near St. Henry in Mercer County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

The Cranberry Prairie

A Geological Feature of Western Ohio

 
 
The Cranberry Prairie Marker image. Click for full size.
By Rev. Ronald Irick, May 3, 2016
1. The Cranberry Prairie Marker
close up, showing text; same on both sides
Inscription. The Cranberry Prairie, southwest of this marker, is a part of Ohio's natural history. The place was named for the cranberries that grew in a swamp here prior to drainage of the area. The Cranberry Prairie was created by centuries of peat accumulation in a late Ice Age lake that formed at the base of St. John's Moraine. Paleo-Indian or Early Archaic peoples probably killed the elk whose skeleton was dug up here in 1981. This elk was dated at approximately 7400 B.C.

By the 1860s, immigrant German farmers had begun transforming the swamp into fertile farmland. "Wild Bill" Simison, a legendary inhabitant, lived in the swamp and settlers respected him for his knowledge of the area. By the turn of the nineteenth century, Granville Township School #7, St. Francis Catholic Church, and Bertke's Store stood at the edge of the Cranberry Prairie.
 
Erected 1999 by Ohio Bicentennial Commission The Longaberger Company St. Francis Catholic Church The Ohio Historical Society. (Marker Number 1- 54.)
 
Location. 40° 23.551′ N, 84° 34.931′ W. Marker is near St. Henry, Ohio, in Mercer County. Marker is at the intersection of Ft Recovery Minster Road (County Route 30b) and Cranberry Road (County Route 115), on

The Cranberry Prairie Marker image. Click for full size.
By Rev. Ronald Irick, May 3, 2016
2. The Cranberry Prairie Marker
Full view of marker, looking west
the right when traveling west on Ft Recovery Minster Road. Touch for map. Marker is at the front of St Francis Cemetery, behind the St. Francis Church. Marker is at or near this postal address: 5733 Ft Recovery Minster Rd, Saint Henry OH 45883, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 6 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. St. Francis Catholic Church (within shouting distance of this marker); The Cranberry School Bell (within shouting distance of this marker); St. Rose Schoolhouse Bell (approx. 3.7 miles away); North Star (approx. 4.9 miles away); New Weston Veterans Memorial (approx. 5 miles away); Maria Stein Veterans Memorial (approx. 5.1 miles away); Annie Oakley (approx. 5 miles away); St John the Baptist Catholic Church (approx. 5.8 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in St. Henry.
 
Categories. EnvironmentPaleontologySettlements & Settlers
 
The Cranberry Prairie Marker image. Click for full size.
By Rev. Ronald Irick, May 3, 2016
3. The Cranberry Prairie Marker
Marker can be seen at a distance; looking east towards cross-roads and the back of the Church
The Cranberry Prairie Marker image. Click for full size.
By Rev. Ronald Irick, May 3, 2016
4. The Cranberry Prairie Marker
View to the south west as directed by the text of the marker- the Prairie, itself
The Cranberry Prairie Marker image. Click for full size.
By Rev. Ronald Irick, May 3, 2016
5. The Cranberry Prairie Marker
The sign at the cross roads. An exact spot, in the middle of nowhere.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on May 3, 2016, by Rev. Ronald Irick of West Liberty, Ohio. This page has been viewed 184 times since then and 44 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on May 3, 2016, by Rev. Ronald Irick of West Liberty, Ohio. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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