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

Kirkersville

The Impact of the Interurban

 

—The Historic National Road in Ohio —

 
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By Rev. Ronald Irick, September 2, 2016
1. Kirkersville Marker
Inscription. As a small “pike” town on the National Road, Kirkersville experienced the evolution of transportation from the days of horse and wagon to the automobile. It was the advent of the interurban that not only brought another mode of transit to the community, it brought electricity. At a time when a national power grid had not yet been established, production and distribution of electric power was often a local affair. In 1902 an interurban line was built through Kirkersville. Running on steel rails coursing down the middle of Main Street (the National Road) the cars were powered by electricity supplied from overhead wires. The electricity came from generating stations specifically built to power the light rail cars. Kirkersville, as with other towns along the interurban routes, now had access to inexpensive and reliable electricity for lighting and other needs.

The interurban line only ran for 27 years, but during this time it provided dependable transportation services and convenient connections to towns and villages across Ohio and the Midwest. Eventually the growing public preference for the automobile and the availability of electric power from other sources ended the reign of the interurbans.
 
Erected 2010 by The Ohio National Road Association, Inc.
 
Marker series.

Kirkersville Marker image. Click for full size.
By Rev. Ronald Irick, September 2, 2016
2. Kirkersville Marker
Full view of two markers and mile post
This marker is included in the The Historic National Road marker series.
 
Location. 39° 57.557′ N, 82° 35.775′ W. Marker is in Kirkersville, Ohio, in Licking County. Marker is at the intersection of West Main Street (U.S. 40) and 3rd Street, on the right when traveling west on West Main Street. Touch for map. there are two (2) markers in front of the Kirkersville United Methodist Church. Marker is at or near this postal address: 180 West Main Street, Kirkersville OH 43033, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 6 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Mile Markers (here, next to this marker); Outville (approx. 2.4 miles away); Etna (approx. 4.5 miles away); Hebron (approx. 4.9 miles away); Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3496 Veterans Memorial (approx. 4.9 miles away); Pataskala Elementary School (approx. 5 miles away); Conine Homestead (approx. 5.1 miles away); Deep Cut at the Licking Summit / Millersport and the Ohio-Erie Canal (approx. 5.3 miles away).
 
Additional keywords. Old National Road
 
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Kirkersville Marker image. Click for full size.
By Rev. Ronald Irick, September 2, 2016
3. Kirkersville Marker
Picture of interurban car on marker
Kirkersville Marker image. Click for full size.
By Rev. Ronald Irick, September 2, 2016
4. Kirkersville Marker
Street scene of the National Road, on the marker
Kirkersville Marker image. Click for full size.
By Rev. Ronald Irick, September 2, 2016
5. Kirkersville Marker
Second street scene of National Road
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on September 8, 2016. This page originally submitted on September 6, 2016, by Rev. Ronald Irick of West Liberty, Ohio. This page has been viewed 150 times since then and 34 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on September 6, 2016, by Rev. Ronald Irick of West Liberty, Ohio. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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