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Etna in Licking County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Etna

The Historic National Road in Ohio

 
 
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By Rev. Ronald Irick, September 2, 2016
1. Etna Marker
Inscription. Etna Township was formed from Harrison and Lima Townships in 1833. The village of Etna lies in the middle of the township from which it derives its name. Etna was laid out by Lyman Turrill, formerly from Vermont, in 1832 with lots selling for $3.00 to $5.00 each. Turrill first called the village Carthage but subsequently learned from a West Point graduate surveying the National Road that the site of his town was the highest point between Jacksontown and Columbus. He then decided to call it Etna after the volcano, Mount Etna, on the island of Sicily in Italy.

The most important event in the history and formation of Etna Township and Etna was the building of the National Road, known familiarly as The Pike and officially as the Cumberland Road and U.S. Route 40.

In 1834, a cholera epidemic sweeping along the National Road nearly depopulated the town. Mr. Henthorn 'kept' a tavern in the village of Etna, and it was in his bar room that the pioneers gathered to found the town. Henthorn's Tavern, a long two-story house, stood on the north side of the Pike about 75 yards west of the Main Street leading to Pataskala. The National Road provided jobs and income for the taverns, hotels, restaurants and, with the advent of the automobile, service stations. The later U.S. 40 bypass reduced traffic and resulted in the restaurants going out

Etna Marker image. Click for full size.
By Rev. Ronald Irick, September 2, 2016
2. Etna Marker
Full view of marker, from Pike Street, in front of High Point Park.
of business.

Etna's recent and current development as an industrial and distribution center will bring continuing prosperity and jobs for the surrounding communities.
 
Erected 2015 by The ohio National Road Association, Inc.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the The Historic National Road marker series.
 
Location. 39° 57.445′ N, 82° 40.897′ W. Marker is in Etna, Ohio, in Licking County. Marker is at the intersection of Pike Street Southwest (County Route 1 F) and Liberty Street, on the left when traveling east on Pike Street Southwest. Touch for map. marker is in High Point Park. Marker is at or near this postal address: 935 Pike Street Southwest, Etna OH 43018, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 6 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Pataskala Elementary School (approx. 2.6 miles away); Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3496 Veterans Memorial (approx. 2.7 miles away); Conine Homestead (approx. 3.2 miles away); Mile Markers (approx. 4.5 miles away); Kirkersville (approx. 4.5 miles away); Outville (approx. 5.1 miles away); Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 9473 War Memorial (approx. 6 miles away); Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 9473 Veterans Memorial (approx. 6 miles away).
 
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Etna Marker image. Click for full size.
By Rev. Ronald Irick, September 2, 2016
3. Etna Marker
Marker can be seen at a distance, with village administration building and library in the back ground
Old National Road
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on September 5, 2016. This page originally submitted on September 4, 2016, by Rev. Ronald Irick of West Liberty, Ohio. This page has been viewed 202 times since then and 32 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on September 4, 2016, by Rev. Ronald Irick of West Liberty, Ohio. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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