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Mifflin in Ashland County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Historic Mifflin

 
 
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By Rev. Ronald Irick, August 20, 2016
1. Historic Mifflin Marker
Side A
Inscription.
Side A
Mifflin was founded in 1816. Originally known as Petersburg, the name was changed in 1827 in honor of the settlers that moved here from Mifflin Township, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania. The first village jailhouse and crossroad watering trough are located here, on the grounds of the historic St. Michael Lutheran Church. Organized in 1835, the church built this house of worship in 1890. As early as 1810, stagecoaches traveled Mifflin's main thoroughfare between Wooster and Mansfield, stopping at the watering trough, known for "the best spring water in Ohio". In 1925, the trough was removed to allow room for the construction of the Lincoln Highway built in 1928. A Lincoln Highway "L" marker stands in the village today, in its original location, directing motorists eastbound.

Side B
The end of prohibition in 1933 brought three taverns to the village. With that fact, along with the population increase and social activities brought about by the construction of the Charles Mill Dam in 1934, the need arose for a jail. Both the watering trough and jailhouse were restored and relocated to this site in 2010, and are maintained by the village of Mifflin. Other historic facts: John Chapman, also know as Johnny Appleseed, traveled the area in 1812 warning settlers of the Native American massacres of the Copus,

Historic Mifflin Marker image. Click for full size.
By Rev. Ronald Irick, August 20, 2016
2. Historic Mifflin Marker
Side B
Zimmer, and Ruffner families. Monuments dedicated to those families are located in the area. In 1897, inventor of the automobile self-starter, Charles F. Kettering was the Mifflin schoolmaster. In 1904, Kettering was instrumental in the formation of the Mifflin-Widowville Telephone Company.
 
Erected 2011 by Mifflin Memories The Ohio Historical Society. (Marker Number 8- 3.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Ohio Historical Society / The Ohio History Connection marker series.
 
Location. 40° 46.452′ N, 82° 21.742′ W. Marker is in Mifflin, Ohio, in Ashland County. Marker is at the intersection of Lincoln Highway (County Route 30A) and Iowa Street, on the right when traveling west on Lincoln Highway. Touch for map. Marker is next to St. Michaelís Lutheran Church. Marker is at or near this postal address: 26 E Maine St, Ashland OH 44805, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 7 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Frontier Violence During the War of 1812 (approx. 2.4 miles away); PFC Terry L. Schaub (approx. 5.2 miles away); Hayesville Town Hall and Opera House (approx. 5.3 miles away); Greentown Delaware Village
Historic Mifflin Marker image. Click for full size.
By Rev. Ronald Irick, August 20, 2016
3. Historic Mifflin Marker
Full view of side B; looking west, on Maine Street
(approx. 5.9 miles away); Ashland County Veterans Memorial Bridge (approx. 6.1 miles away); Founding of Ashland College / Ashland Eagles Tradition (approx. 6.4 miles away); Jones Memorial Terrace (approx. 6.5 miles away); Ashland County Veterans Memorial (approx. 6.9 miles away).
 
Additional keywords. Lincoln Highway Johnny Appleseed
 
Categories. Churches, Etc.Roads & VehiclesSettlements & Settlers
 
Historic Mifflin Marker image. Click for full size.
By Rev. Ronald Irick, August 20, 2016
4. Historic Mifflin Marker
Marker can be seen at a distance; looking east towards St. Michael's Church, with the Lincoln Highway coming down the hill, around the Church. The spring is to the right. Street sign says "Minnesota", but plat map calls this "Iowa Street".
Historic Mifflin Marker image. Click for full size.
By Rev. Ronald Irick, August 20, 2016
5. Historic Mifflin Marker
The spring, still flowing at the side of the Lincoln Highway. Of course I took a drink,....it was a hot August afternoon.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on August 25, 2016. This page originally submitted on August 21, 2016, by Rev. Ronald Irick of West Liberty, Ohio. This page has been viewed 220 times since then and 44 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on August 21, 2016, by Rev. Ronald Irick of West Liberty, Ohio. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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