“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”

Gallia County Ohio Historical Markers

Bidwell Marker (Side B) image, Touch for more information
By William Fischer, Jr., March 20, 2010
Bidwell Marker (Side B)
Ohio (Gallia County), Bidwell — 9-27 — Bidwell
Side A: The village of Bidwell, once known as Heatly, was surveyed in 1881 after the arrival of the Columbus, Hocking Valley, and Toledo Railroad. A depot (Porter Station) was soon built on this site for passenger and freight service. By . . . — Map (db m30492) HM
Ohio (Gallia County), Bidwell — 17-27 — New Hope Baptist Church
The New Hope Baptist Church was organized around 1860, burned in 1863, and was rebuilt in the fall of 1864. Once called the Harris Colored Baptist Church, the edifice’s name “New Hope” was chosen because it represented the hope of . . . — Map (db m123142) HM
Ohio (Gallia County), Cheshire — 21-27 — Grandma Gatewood
Grandma Gatewood. In 1953, at the age of 67, Emma Rowena “Grandma” Gatewood became the first woman to hike the 2,050 mile Appalachian Trail alone and in one season. The Gallia County, Ohio resident hiked the Appalachian Trail . . . — Map (db m122892) HM
Ohio (Gallia County), Ewington — 5-27 — Ewington Academy
The Ewington Citizens' Literary Institute purchased this site and sponsored the construction of Ewington Academy which opened in 1859. The building, designed by George Ewing, was financed by popular subscription with much labor and materials . . . — Map (db m30466) HM
Ohio (Gallia County), Gallipolis — 1790 - Gallipolis - 1940
This tablet is dedicated to commemorate the spirit of Marquis de Lafayette and the French people who assisted the colonists in establishing American independence and to perpetuate the memory of the French Five-Hundred who settled . . . — Map (db m20827) HM
Ohio (Gallia County), Gallipolis — African Methodist Episcopal ChurchHistoric Underground Railroad Site
Side A: The African Methodist Episcopal Church was organized in 1818 as the Bethel Church. In 1868 its present name, John Gee, was adopted when the church was erected and rededicated at this present site on land donated by Gee. Founders of . . . — Map (db m30582) HM
Ohio (Gallia County), Gallipolis — 11-27 — Charles E. Holzer, Sr., M.D.(1887 - 1956)
Side A: Dr. Charles Elmer Holzer came to Gallipolis in 1909, as a resident surgeon at the Ohio Hospital for Epileptics. Recognizing the need for a community hospital, he returned in May 1910, after completing his training. With a local loan, . . . — Map (db m30508) HM
Ohio (Gallia County), Gallipolis — 14-27 — Gallia County, Gallipolis and the Ohio River
The Ohio River, the southeast border of Gallia County, played a significant role in the development of Gallipolis and Gallia County. One of the state's first thoroughfares, this waterway enabled pioneers to settle in what was known as the Northwest . . . — Map (db m30497) HM
Ohio (Gallia County), Gallipolis — 1-27 — Gallipolis“City of the Gauls” / 1861–1865
Begun as a land speculation project of William Duer, the Scioto Company had hoped to encourage European investors to purchase lands in its grant in the Ohio country. The project proved especially attractive to the French middle class, who were . . . — Map (db m122995) HM
Ohio (Gallia County), Gallipolis — Here Lies James Jeffers1771 – 1942
A soldier in the Indian Wars. And his wife, Elizabeth, 1771–1845, Daughter of Revolutionary Soldier James Whitaker and his wife, Catherine Petit. — Map (db m85677) HM
Ohio (Gallia County), Gallipolis — 4-27 — Hon. Samuel Finley Vinton(1792 - 1862)
A native of South Hadley, Massachusetts, he came to Gallipolis ca. 1818. An eminent lawyer and member of U.S. Congress 22 years, he was chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee during the Mexican War, founding father of the U.S. Department of . . . — Map (db m30494) HM
Ohio (Gallia County), Gallipolis — In Memoriam
Here sleep many of the French Five Hundred who founded Gallipolis in 1790 and hundreds of their descendants and others who won honors in the service of their city and country. Their names are recorded in stone and their deeds in the . . . — Map (db m30612) HM
Ohio (Gallia County), Gallipolis — 2-27 — Morning Dawn Lodge No. 7 Free and Accepted Masons
"Morning Dawn" was the first lodge to be chartered, on January 5, 1810, by the Grand Lodge of Ohio. Andrew Lewis was the first Worshipful Master. Meetings were originally held in J. B. Ferrard's house on the north corner of Locust and Third . . . — Map (db m30620) HM
Ohio (Gallia County), Gallipolis — Our House
Hostelry in which Lafayette America's Friend was entertained in 1825 — Map (db m30535) HM
Ohio (Gallia County), Gallipolis — 10-27 — Pine Street Colored Cemetery
Side A: This 4-acre plot, established ca. 1860 by John Gee, is a burial ground for local colored citizens. John Gee was a religious leader as well as a skilled carpenter who built houses in early Gallipolis. Some Gallipolis colored pioneers . . . — Map (db m30493) HM
Ohio (Gallia County), Gallipolis — 3-27 — Stone Water TowersOf the Ohio Hospital for Epileptics — National Register of Historic Places, 1978 —
These three stone water towers were erected by local craftsmen in 1892 and serviced the Ohio Hospital for Epileptics until 1950. The sandstone of the uncoursed masonry walls was quarried from the surrounding hills. The hospital facility, a . . . — Map (db m122906) HM
Ohio (Gallia County), Gallipolis — 7-27 — The Dunmore War 1774
[Front Side] The Shawnee and Delaware Indians grew restless as numbers of Virginians encroached on their lands by settling along the Ohio River. On October 10, 1774, Lord Dunmore, of the Virginia Colony, ordered Colonel Andrew Lewis and . . . — Map (db m20825) HM
Ohio (Gallia County), Gallipolis — 13-27 — The Landing of the Welsh in Gallipolis
Side A: On April 1, 1818, six families from the Cilcennin area of Mid-Wales sailed from Aberaeron, Wales to Baltimore. The group of 36 people was led by John Jones Tirbach. From Baltimore they traveled to Pittsburgh and then by flatboats down . . . — Map (db m30501) HM
Ohio (Gallia County), Gallipolis — 12-27 — U.S. Army General HospitalGallipolis, Ohio
At this location, during the American Civil War (1861-1865), a U.S Army General Hospital was constructed on 29 acres of land over looking Camp Carrington, a site used to recruit and train soldiers for the Union Army. Built in the spring of 1862, . . . — Map (db m122953) HM
Ohio (Gallia County), Gallipolis — Yellow Fever Victims
Mrs. Margaret Beard • Eliza Beck and Infant Mrs. Joseph J. Blazer • Richard Blazer Wellington Blazer • Claudius J. Brothers Mrs. Claudius J. Brothers • Mrs. Elizabeth Brothers James Brown • Margaret Brown William Buck • Clayton . . . — Map (db m30625) HM
Ohio (Gallia County), Kanagua — 8-27 — The Silver Bridge Disaster
On December 15, 1967, about one mile downstream from this historic marker, a national tragedy occured. Forty-six interstate travelers lost their lives when the Silver Bridge collapsed into the Ohio River during five o'clock rush hour traffic. The . . . — Map (db m39460) HM
Ohio (Gallia County), Kanauga — Silver Bridge Eye-Bar
This eye-bar is similar to one that fractured causing the collapse of the Silver Bridge on December 15, 1967. The National Transportation Safety Board found that the cause of the bridge collapse was the cleavage fracture in the lower limb of the eye . . . — Map (db m39462) HM
Ohio (Gallia County), Rio Grande — 18-27 — Robert L. “Bob” Evans(1918–2007)
Bob Evans was born on May 30, 1918 in Sugar Ridge, Ohio. He married Jewell Waters in 1940 and moved to Gallipolis, Ohio. In 1946 Bob took the first step in what would later become Bob Evans Farms, Inc., when he opened a 12-seat diner in Gallipolis. . . . — Map (db m123070) HM
Ohio (Gallia County), Rio Grande — 19027 — The Homestead
The Homestead was built in 1820 by Nehemiah Wood with an addition completed in 1822 by his son, Harrison. The Wood family, a pioneer family of Gallia County, arrived in 1805.The Homestead remained in the Wood family for over 100 years. The . . . — Map (db m123026) HM
Ohio (Gallia County), Rio Grande — 20-27 — The Village of Adamsville
The Village of Adamsville commemorates life in this area as it was during the early to mid-19th century. The original Adamsville settlement was located on the banks of Raccoon Creek. roughly one-half mile east of this site. Adam Rickabaugh . . . — Map (db m123072) HM
Ohio (Gallia County), Rio Grande — 6-27 — University of Rio GrandeFounders: Nehemiah and Permelia Atwood
This historic marker is on the western boundary of the original 10 acre Rio Grande, College Campus, founded and endowed by Nehemiah and Permelia Atwood. The campus was located on the southeast corner of the Atwood Farm. Construction of . . . — Map (db m123087) HM
Ohio (Gallia County), Vinton — 16-27 — Morgan's Raid
During the American Civil War 1860-1865, a Confederate cavalry, led by Brigadier General John Hunt Morgan, infiltrated the states of Kentucky, southern Indiana, and southeastern Ohio as a diversionary tactic to draw northern troops from eastern . . . — Map (db m30472) HM
Ohio (Gallia County), Vinton — 15-27 — The Lambert Land Settlement
In November 1843 former slave Frank Lambert, along with 29 other former slaves, purchased 265.5 acres of land in Morgan Township. These African American settlers had once belonged to Charles Lambert Jr. of Bedford County, Virginia, but had been . . . — Map (db m30490) HM

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