“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
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Historical Markers and War Memorials in Portage County, Ohio

Clickable Map of Portage County, Ohio and Immediately Adjacent Jurisdictions image/svg+xml 2019-10-06 U.S. Census Bureau, Abe.suleiman; Lokal_Profil;; J.J.Prats/dc:title> Portage County, OH (32) Cuyahoga County, OH (190) Geauga County, OH (30) Mahoning County, OH (66) Stark County, OH (63) Summit County, OH (104) Trumbull County, OH (39)  PortageCounty(32) Portage County (32)  CuyahogaCounty(190) Cuyahoga County (190)  GeaugaCounty(30) Geauga County (30)  MahoningCounty(66) Mahoning County (66)  StarkCounty(63) Stark County (63)  SummitCounty(104) Summit County (104)  TrumbullCounty(39) Trumbull County (39)
Adjacent to Portage County, Ohio
    Cuyahoga County (190)
    Geauga County (30)
    Mahoning County (66)
    Stark County (63)
    Summit County (104)
    Trumbull County (39)
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1Ohio (Portage County), Atwater — 13-67 — Atwater Coal Company Mine Disaster
On Atwater Road (Ohio Route 183) south of Waterloo Road (U.S. 224), on the right when traveling south.
On July 3, 1872, 16 men and a 9-year old boy descended the 170 foot shaft in the Atwater Coal Company Mine located in Atwater Township south of Route 224 and East of Route 225. The mine was situated on the property known as the S.G. Shaffer Farm. By . . . Map (db m67455) HM
2Ohio (Portage County), Aurora — 15-67 — Ebenezer Sheldon
On East Pioneer Trail 0.1 miles east of South Chillicothe Road, on the right when traveling south.
Side A Ebenezer Sheldon (1754-1825) was born in Suffield, Connecticut. On April 19, 1775, he answered the “Lexington Alarm,” fought in the Revolution, and, in 1789, was appointed a captain in Connecticut’s militia. Following the . . . Map (db m122089) HM
3Ohio (Portage County), Aurora — 16-67 — Geauga Lake
On North Aurora Road (Ohio Route 43) 0.1 miles north of East Boulevard, on the right when traveling north.
Side A Geauga Lake, a scenic destination for visitors to northeast Ohio, was initially named “Giles Pond” after settler Sullivan Giles (1809-1880). In 1856, the predecessor of the Erie Railroad stopped at “Pond . . . Map (db m122096) HM
4Ohio (Portage County), Aurora — In Memory of Those
Near East Pioneer Trail 0.1 miles east of South Chillicothe Road.
In memory of those who made the supreme sacrifice that we might live in peace Edward Robert Eichler Willie John Eldridge Merle Fisher Ralph E. Hurd, Jr. Albert R. Korecky John Francis Lyons Donald F. Marvin John Guy Shaw Fred R. . . . Map (db m122090) WM
5Ohio (Portage County), Aurora — 1-67 — Silver Creek Cheese Factory
On East Garfield Road (Ohio Route 82) 0.1 miles west of Egglestown Road, on the right when traveling west.
The Silver Creek Cheese Factory was located in the heart of the tri-county area known during the 19th century as "Cheesedome". This part of the Western Reserve was best known for the cheese it shipped internationally. The factory contributed to the . . . Map (db m122087) HM
6Ohio (Portage County), Aurora — 3-66 — The Chillicothe Turnpike
On South Chillicothe Road (Ohio Route 306) at East Garfield Road (Ohio Route 82), on the right when traveling north on South Chillicothe Road.
The Chillicothe Turnpike stimulated the growth of Aurora Center, Aurora's first commercial area. Established in 1802 by Benjamin Tappan, the road also precipitated the development of Kirtland, Chester, Russell and Bainbridge, provided access to . . . Map (db m172669) HM
7Ohio (Portage County), Aurora — 12-67 — The Church In Aurora
On South Chillicothe Road (Ohio Route 306) at South Aurora Road, on the right when traveling south on South Chillicothe Road.
Side A Aurora's first church was established on December 31, 1809 under the guidance of the Connecticut Missionary Society. The congregation called the Rev. John Seward of Granby, Massachusetts to be the first minister in 1812. Built on . . . Map (db m122091) HM
8Ohio (Portage County), Garrettsville — 14-67 — "Creepy" Karpis and The Last Great Train Heist
On Freedom Street at White Street, on the right on Freedom Street.
Side A "I thought of the great bandits of the old West [like] the James Brothers...They knocked over trains, and I was going to pull the same stunt," exclaimed notorious gangster Alvin "Creepy" Karpis. On November 7, 1935, Karpis and his . . . Map (db m122064) HM
9Ohio (Portage County), Garrettsville — Commemorating the 120th Anniversary1804 1924
On High Street at Maple Avenue, on the right when traveling south on High Street.
Commemorating the 120th anniversary of the arrival of John Garrett and Abraham Dyson and families, first settlers among the Wyandot Indians. 1804 - Silver Creek received its name 1805 - First grist mill and saw mill erected 1874 - Village . . . Map (db m122072) HM
10Ohio (Portage County), Garrettsville — Garrettsville, Ohio
Near High Street near Maple Avenue.
Garrettsville, Ohio Birthplace of the internationally known poet Hart Crane Born July 21, 1899 Lost at sea April 27, 1932 Son of Grace Hart and Clarence A. CraneMap (db m122074) HM
11Ohio (Portage County), Garrettsville — 5-67 — Hart Crane American Poet
On Freedom Street 0.1 miles east of South Street (Ohio Route 88), on the right when traveling east.
Harold Hart Crane was born at this site on July 21, 1899, to Grace Hart Crane and Clarence A. Crane, the inventor of Lifesaver Candies, and lived here until the age of three. "A born poet," according to e.e. cummings, Crane dropped out of high . . . Map (db m122065) HM
12Ohio (Portage County), Garrettsville — 11-67 — Maple Industry in Garrettsville, Ohio
Evidence abounds that Garrettsville was at the center of the maple industry in Ohio from the 1880s into the twentieth century. In 1881, Garrettsville held the first ever-professional association of maple syrup/sugar producers, a tradition that . . . Map (db m122070) HM
13Ohio (Portage County), Hiram — 6-67 — Hiram CollegeWestern Reserve Eclectic Institute — 1850 —
On Garfield Road (Ohio Route 700) 0.1 miles south of Hinsdale Street, on the right when traveling south.
Founded in 1850 by the Disciples of Christ, or "Campbellites," this institution of higher education was chartered as Hiram College in 1867. The College's original charter provided for instruction for both men and women, and Hiram served as an early . . . Map (db m122080) HM
14Ohio (Portage County), Hiram — History of Koritansky Hall
Near Garfield Road (Ohio Route 700) at Wakefield Road (Ohio Route 305).
The Mecca Community Church was constructed on what is now State Route 46 in Mecca, Ohio and dedicated in the fall of 1842. Identified as a place where James A. Garfield preached, it was purchased by Hiram College in 2007, reconstructed and dedicated . . . Map (db m122078) HM
15Ohio (Portage County), Hiram — James A. Garfield
Near Garfield Road at Wakefield Road (Ohio Route 305).
James A. Garfield was a student, faculty member and then served as Hiram College's Principal (then the Western Reserve Eclectic Institute) from 1857-63 and as President of the United States from 1880 until his assassination in 1881. The Martin . . . Map (db m122075) HM
16Ohio (Portage County), Kent — James A. GarfieldTwentieth President of the United States
On Gougler Avenue (Ohio Route 43) north of Park Avenue, on the left.
James A. Garfield, twentieth President of the United States, was nominated in this building on August 23, 1859, for joint senator representing Portage and Summit Counties. This was the begining of his political career. The nominating convention . . . Map (db m151127) HM
17Ohio (Portage County), Kent — Kent and the Underground Railroad — Historic Underground Railroad Site —
On Franklin Avenue south of West Main Street, on the right when traveling south.
The town of Franklin Mills, now Kent, was active in the Underground Railroad. Many residents aided fugitive slaves in their flight north toward Canada. In 1825 at their tavern on Mantua Street, Joshua and Rebecca Woodard gave shelter to a group . . . Map (db m151184) HM
18Ohio (Portage County), Kent — 8-67 — Kent State UniversityMay 4, 1970
Near Off Midway Drive (on Kent State - campus) south of East Main Street.
In 1968, Richard Nixon won the presidency partly based on a campaign promise to end the Vietnam War. Though the war seemed to be winding down, on April 30, 1970, Nixon announced the invasion of Cambodia, triggering protests across college campuses. . . . Map (db m67467) HM WM
19Ohio (Portage County), Mantua — 10-67 — Mantua Center Historic District
Near Twinburg Warren Road (Ohio Route 82) at Mantua Center Road.
Side A The most notable feature of Mantua Center is the "Village Green," which harkens back to the New England heritage of Mantua Center's early settlers. The Green sets upon land donated by Hezekiah Nooney Sr. and was important to both the . . . Map (db m122083) HM
20Ohio (Portage County), Mantua — 67-7 — Oliver and Rosetta Snow
On Mantua Center Road 0.1 miles north of Pioneer Trail, on the right when traveling north.
Oliver and Rosetta Snow, who built this home in 1815, immigrated to Mantua from Becket, Massachusetts, in 1805 with two daughters and raised five more children here. Oliver prospered as a farmer, served Portage County in a variety of civic . . . Map (db m172679) HM
21Ohio (Portage County), Mantua — The Underground Railroad/Escaping Slavery In Eastern OhioHistoric Underground Railroad Site
On Ohio Turnpike (Interstate 80W at milepost 197), 3 miles east of Painesville Ravenna Road (Ohio Route 44), on the right when traveling west.
(side 1) The Underground Railroad The Underground Railroad was neither underground nor a railroad, but a system of loosely connected safe havens where those escaping the brutal conditions of slavery were sheltered, fed, clothed, . . . Map (db m160737) HM
22Ohio (Portage County), Mantua — Village Government Center Building History
On High Street west of Main Street (Ohio Route 44), on the right when traveling west.
1867 • Mantua School 1893 • Mantua Town Hall 1926 • Mantua-Shalersville Fire Department 2006 • Mantua Village Government CenterMap (db m138113) HM
23Ohio (Portage County), Mantua — War Memorial
On Main Street (Ohio Route 44) at High Street when traveling south on Main Street.
Dedicated to the memory of those who made the supreme sacrifice in the service of our country.Map (db m138054) WM
24Ohio (Portage County), Mogadore — Ariel Bradley
Near South Cleveland Avenue 0.2 miles south of Curtis Street.
First settler in Springfield Twp in 1806 • Born at Salisbury Conn. in 1767 Died at Mogadore in 1857. Before the Battle of White Plains in 1776 when nine years old he was chosen by Gen. Washington to enter the British lines • Learn their number and . . . Map (db m122059) HM
25Ohio (Portage County), Mogadore — 9-67 — Mogadore
Near South Cleveland Avenue at Curtis Street.
Side A Legend has it that Mogadore's first settler, Ariel Bradley, was a spy for George Washington in October, 1776. As a nine year old boy, Ariel crossed British lines on a supposed errand to the nearest grist mill and returned with troop . . . Map (db m122060) HM
26Ohio (Portage County), Palmyra — 3-67 — Old Stagecoach Inn / Historic Palmyra Center
On Tallmadge Road at Deerfield Windham Road (Ohio Route 225), on the right when traveling west on Tallmadge Road.
Old Stagecoach Inn This historic inn began serving travelers on the old Portage-Columbiana stage road (now Tallmadge Road) in 1832. Two major stage lines, one from Cleveland to Wellsville (the closest Ohio River port) and the other from . . . Map (db m172671) HM
27Ohio (Portage County), Ravenna — 1893 Ravenna Flagpole
On East Main Street at Chestnut Street, on the right when traveling east on East Main Street.
Side A The historic Ravenna flagpole was erected in 1893 by Ravenna Township. The 150 foot flagpole replaced a tall wooden flagpole erected during the Civil War. Van Dorn Iron Works of Cleveland fabricated the flagpole for $800; it uses . . . Map (db m122062) HM
28Ohio (Portage County), Ravenna — Abraham Lincoln, Ravenna, OhioTrain Stop — Historic Site —
On Main Street, on the right when traveling east.
At this site on February 15,1861 President - Elect Abraham Lincoln's inaugural train stopped at the Cleveland & Pittsburgh RR station to pick up Horace Y. Beebe of Ravenna. Beebe's convention vote had ensured Lincoln's Republican nomination in 1860.Map (db m61504) HM
29Ohio (Portage County), Ravenna — 3-67 — Benjamin Tappan, Jr.(1773-1857)
On Cleveland East Liverpool Road (Ohio Route 14) 0.2 miles north of Hayes Road, on the right when traveling north.
The founder of Ravenna Township in 1799, Benjamin Tappan Jr. led a distinguished life of public service. An aggressive force in local politics, he served in the Ohio Senate from 1803 to 1805, as judge of the fifth circuit court of common pleas . . . Map (db m172670) HM
30Ohio (Portage County), Rootstown — 4-67 — Ephraim Root
On Ravenna Louisville Road (SR 44) south of Akron Youngstown Road - (a.k.a. - Tallmadge Road), on the left when traveling south.
Ephraim Root (1762-1825), a wealthy Connecticut lawyer, was one of 57 investors in the Connecticut Land Company and served as its secretary and agent. In 1795, this group purchased three million acres of land in the Western Reserve. Root held . . . Map (db m67457) HM
31Ohio (Portage County), Rootstown — 4-67 — Rootstown
On Ravenna Louisville Road (SR 44) south of Akron Youngstown Road - (a.k.a. - Tallmadge Road), on the left when traveling south.
Ephraim Root returned to Rootstown in 1801 to plant a wheat field and build a log house. In 1802, his brother David Root, with his wife Clara and four sons, moved from Connecticut to Rootstown to establish a home. Rootstown was settled in 1802 and . . . Map (db m67458) HM
32Ohio (Portage County), Suffield — 17-67 — Goodyear's Wingfoot Lake Airship Hangar
On Wingfoot Lake Road 0.9 miles west of Ohio Route 43, on the right when traveling west.
Side A In March 1917, a month before U.S. entry into World War I, The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company began construction of the hangar on land the firm purchased here in 1916. During World Wars I and II, the hangar was used for building and . . . Map (db m122743) HM
May. 18, 2021