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Historical Markers and War Memorials in Shelby County, Ohio

Clickable Map of Shelby 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> Shelby County, OH (57) Auglaize County, OH (207) Champaign County, OH (92) Darke County, OH (90) Logan County, OH (182) Mercer County, OH (118) Miami County, OH (126)  ShelbyCounty(57) Shelby County (57)  AuglaizeCounty(207) Auglaize County (207)  ChampaignCounty(92) Champaign County (92)  DarkeCounty(90) Darke County (90)  LoganCounty(182) Logan County (182)  MercerCounty(118) Mercer County (118)  MiamiCounty(126) Miami County (126)
Sidney is the county seat for Shelby County
Adjacent to Shelby County, Ohio
      Auglaize County (207)  
      Champaign County (92)  
      Darke County (90)  
      Logan County (182)  
      Mercer County (118)  
      Miami County (126)  
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1 Ohio, Shelby County, Anna — John W. CareyFounder of Anna, Ohio
John W. Carey was born in 1805 in West Virginia [sic - Virginia] and came to Shelby County with his parents, Cephas and Jane Williamson Carey. Around 1833, J.W. Carey bought a thousand acres in Dinsmore Township, west of the present railroad in . . . Map (db m29873) HM
2 Ohio, Shelby County, Anna — 3-75 — Lois Lenski
Side A: Acclaimed author and illustrator of juvenile literature Lois Lenski was born in Springfield in 1893, grew up in Anna, and graduated from Sidney High School. In 1915, Lenski graduated from The Ohio State University and moved to New . . . Map (db m28589) HM
3 Ohio, Shelby County, Anna — RumleyAn African American Settlement in Rural Shelby County, Ohio
Rumley was a colored community, platted in 1837 by Joel and Wesley Goins, who purchased 400 acres of land. They were freemen from Baltimore, Maryland. The deed to the land was granted and signed by President Van Buren. Over 500 Negroes lived in this . . . Map (db m77675) HM
4 Ohio, Shelby County, Anna — The Site of the St. Jacob Lutheran Church and Cemetery
Here the pioneer founders of the congregation built a log church in 1832. In this place they laid to rest their dead from 1832 until 1900. "Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord"Map (db m108838) HM
5 Ohio, Shelby County, Anna — 6-75 — Village of Rumley
The Temple of Rumley Church is of one of two remaining buildings in what once was Rumley, a thriving African American community in Shelby County. On May 19, 1837, the village was surveyed for Amos Evans, who built his hewed log dwelling and . . . Map (db m227788) HM
6 Ohio, Shelby County, Anna — 4-75 — Wenger One Room SchoolDinsmore District #4
Dinsmore Township School District No. 4 was formed in 1865 following a decision by the township’s board of education that a school would be built in the center of every four sections of land, or every four square miles. This placement of school . . . Map (db m77671) HM
7 Ohio, Shelby County, Botkins — Shelby House
Shelby House has been placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1979 by the United States Department of the Interior. This building served as the railroad station hotel for villages in Shelby and Auglaize counties until 1900. Its . . . Map (db m229127) HM
8 Ohio, Shelby County, Fort Loramie — Fort Loramie
Fort Loramie Site of Loramie's Trading Post and General Wayne's Fort Loramie 1795Map (db m136810) HM
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9 Ohio, Shelby County, Fort Loramie — Fort Loramie / The Indian Wars, 1790- 1795 Reported missing
Fort Loramie The Indian Wars came to an end when Gen. “Mad” Anthony Wayne defeated the Indians in the Battle of Fallen Timbers (1794) and then negotiated the Treaty of Greene Ville the following year. After the treaty, Gen. . . . Map (db m168415) HM
10 Ohio, Shelby County, Fort Loramie — Fort Loramie Veterans Monument
Front side (flag logo) In honor of those who served our country during times of peace and war. Those who gave the supreme sacrifice, those still missing and those who came home both whole and broken. (five service . . . Map (db m94412) WM
11 Ohio, Shelby County, Fort Loramie — Greene Ville Treaty LineAnthony Wayne Parkway
This marker is located on the boundary line which was established at the end of the Indian wars to separate the American settlers and the Indians. It was agreed upon by the United States and the defeated confederated Indian tribes at the Treaty of . . . Map (db m20587) HM
12 Ohio, Shelby County, Fort Loramie — Greenville Treaty Linethe Starting Point — the Big Sycamore Tree on Loramie Creek —
On June 18, 1797 from a sycamore tree near the fork of Loramie Creek, Israel Ludlow surveyed a random line east 130.6 miles to the Muskingum River. On August 3, 1799, a short distance east of this spot, Ludlow commenced the Greenville Treaty . . . Map (db m77542) HM
13 Ohio, Shelby County, Fort Loramie — C — Loramie's Store 1769 & Fort Loramie 1794Ohio Revolutionary Memorial Trail Reported missing
. . . Map (db m136601) HM
14 Ohio, Shelby County, Fort Loramie — Miami and Erie CanalAnthony Wayne Parkway
This marker is on the right-of-way of the Old Miami and Erie Canal which ran from the Ohio River at Cincinnati to Lake Erie at Toledo. Gov. DeWitt Clinton of New York broke ground for the canal on July 21, 1825 just below Middletown. Built in . . . Map (db m20039) HM
15 Ohio, Shelby County, Fort Loramie — Miami Erie Canal Mile Stone
These stones were placed at 1 mile intervals. You are here, 116 miles from Cincinnati.Map (db m19953) HM
16 Ohio, Shelby County, Fort Loramie — C — Pioneer PortageOhio Revolutionary Memorial Trail
Pioneer Portage Here, at the headwaters of the Miami, St. Mary’s and Auglaize Rivers, was the only land travel necessary in early days between the Lakes and the Ohio River.Map (db m136611) HM
17 Ohio, Shelby County, Fort Loramie — St. Patrick Catholic Church
St. Patrick Catholic Church was organized as a parish in 1862. The first church, made of logs, was built in 1863. At that time, the community was mostly Irish. The second church, a wood frame building, was erected in 1874. The last church, built of . . . Map (db m100146) HM
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18 Ohio, Shelby County, Fort Loramie, McLean Township — Veterans Memorial
Only Two Defining Forces have ever offered to Die for You. Jesus Christ and the American Gl. One for Your Soul, the Other for your Freedom. Thank Both of Them!Map (db m228082) WM
19 Ohio, Shelby County, Hardin — Hardin
Named for Col. John Hardin Killed by the Indians here in 1792. Platted 1816. County Seat Of Shelby County 1819. Shawnees camped here Oct. 1832 Last trek from Ohio.Map (db m33081) HM
20 Ohio, Shelby County, Houston — General Harmar Military Trail1790
About 300 feet north James Thatcher, first Shelby County settler, built his cabin - 1805.Map (db m33072) HM
21 Ohio, Shelby County, Jackson Center — Korn Field Airport
The first airport in Shelby County and one of the earliest in Ohio was opened July, 1908, by the Korn brothers, Edward and Milton. Here they built their second plane in their father's barn and successfully flew this plane on July 2, 1911. The barn . . . Map (db m80301) HM
22 Ohio, Shelby County, Kettlersville, Van Buren Township — Collins Cemetery
Dedicated to the memory of the founders and early settlers of Rumley. Placed June 1994 by Leslie N. Tucker descendant of Joel W. and Elizabeth Cole Goings.Map (db m238517) HM
23 Ohio, Shelby County, Lockington — Lockington Locks
Built between 1825 and 1845, this series of locks raised and lowered canal boats a total of 67 feet. The upper lock, near the "Loramie Summit," is the high point between Cincinnati and Toledo. Five of the original locks are along the trail; the . . . Map (db m19946) HM
24 Ohio, Shelby County, Maplewood — Beehive Community ChurchMiami Christian Church — once a thriving rural fellowship —
site of Beehive Miami Christian Church 1875- 1998Map (db m77631) HM
25 Ohio, Shelby County, Pasco — Perry Township Veterans Memorial
Dedicated to the Veterans of all wars and or conflicts who honorably served and to those who gave their lives in the service of our country. May 30, 1993Map (db m29923) HM
26 Ohio, Shelby County, Port Jefferson — In Memoriam — Shelby County, Ohio —
In Memoriam to those brave soldiers sailors, marines and nurses, who responded so nobly to their country’s call in all her warsMap (db m87816) WM
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27 Ohio, Shelby County, Port Jefferson — Port Jefferson School Bell1877- 1950
This bell tolled from the belfry of Port Jefferson School to students of this area for 73 years. The school, located on the S.W. corner of Spring and Wall Streets, was razed in 1982. secured by the Alumni Committee, this memento of ‘days . . . Map (db m87798) HM
28 Ohio, Shelby County, Sidney — Big Four Bridge
This landmark bridge was completed in September 1924 by the Walsh Construction Company for the C.C.C.&St.L. Railroad, and hailed as a “stupendous piece of engineering work.” The original Bellefontaine and Indiana line went through . . . Map (db m29769) HM
29 Ohio, Shelby County, Sidney — Brookside CemeteryHardin Presbyterian Church Building — 1865 - 1925 —
Membership 70 Hardin Presbyterian Church Building 1865 – 1925 38’ x 50’ Note: this brick building was badly damaged in a windstorm on July 25, 1925 and was torn downMap (db m119326) HM
30 Ohio, Shelby County, Sidney — Burkhart Building
This graceful yet sturdy building is of the Italianate design. Shoes have been sold here since 1864, making it Ohio's oldest continuously operating footwear location. William Covill operated his store here in 1870. John Burkhart built the current . . . Map (db m29748) HM
31 Ohio, Shelby County, Sidney — Carey's Hall
Carey's Hall was completed in 1854 by local contractor John W. Carey. Carey's Hall was given as first prize in the Monumental Building lottery in the early 1870s. It housed many businesses over the years. John W. Carey constructed the Shelby County . . . Map (db m29798) HM
32 Ohio, Shelby County, Sidney — First Brick House
560 feet south stands the first brick house built in Shelby County by John Wilson in 1816. He settled on the farm in 1807.Map (db m98846) HM
33 Ohio, Shelby County, Sidney — General Isaac ShelbyNamesake of Shelby County
General Isaac Shelby December 11, 1750 – July 18, 1826 Husband, Father, Farmer, and Namesake of Shelby County First Governor of Kentucky (1792-1796) Fifth Governor of Kentucky (1812- 1816) Hero of Dunmore’s War, American . . . Map (db m211070) HM WM
34 Ohio, Shelby County, Sidney — George W. BushA Visit to the SPOT Restaurant
George W Bush President George W. Bush became the third sitting U.S. president to visit Sidney when he arrived at The Spot on August 28, 2004 while campaigning for re-election. The President greeted shocked Spot patrons, and ordered a . . . Map (db m136135) HM
35 Ohio, Shelby County, Sidney — George Washington Bicentennial
In memory of George Washington 1732 - 1799 this tree is planted by Lewis Boyer Chapter D.A.R. in the bicentennial year of his birth 1932Map (db m29702) HM
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36 Ohio, Shelby County, Sidney — German American Bank
This lot was one of the first developed in Sidney with its use dating from 1820. It was headquarters for the German American Bank that collapses in a notorious 1904 bank failure. The First National Exchange Bank, founded in 1899, rented the space . . . Map (db m29611) HM
37 Ohio, Shelby County, Sidney — Gold Star Families Memorial
In remembrance of Gold Star families who sacrificed a loved one for our freedom Freedom is not freeMap (db m166780) WM
38 Ohio, Shelby County, Sidney — HardinTurtle Creek Township
First County Seat of Shelby County 1819- 1820 Hardin was founded in October, 1816 by Thomas McClish, Joseph Steinberger and James Lenox. These men were also instrumental in developing Shelby County, which included the areas of Allen county . . . Map (db m86765) HM
39 Ohio, Shelby County, Sidney — Monumental Building
Ohio's most important Civil War building was the first of 14 constructed. The cornerstone was laid in June 1875 to honor 320 fallen comrades. The placement of Sgt. Baker in 1900 facing Ohio Avenue completed the building. An opera hall, seating . . . Map (db m29706) HM
40 Ohio, Shelby County, Sidney — 1-75 — Peoples Federal Savings and Loan Association BuildingErected 1917
One of the last works of Louis Henri Sullivan (1856-1924), the American architect whose original ideas of functional design and decorative ornament provided a basis for modern American architecture.Map (db m28591) HM
41 Ohio, Shelby County, Sidney — Ross Bridge
Bridge understructure built in 1966 Designed by AI Wheeler Constructed by Frantz Brothers Covering for bridge erected in 1971 Designed by Ereytag and Freytag, A.1:A Detailed by C.A. Bickel Constructed by Robert Hulsmeyer Overall . . . Map (db m166785) HM
42 Ohio, Shelby County, Sidney — Schultz's BatteryIn Memoriam
Zum Andenken der Deutsch Amerikanishe Freiwilligen Schultz's Battery Civil War 1861 - 1865 Battery M, First Ohio Volunteer Light Artillery Sidney, Shelby County, Ohio. Erected in 1938 by George Hemm Jr. in memory of . . . Map (db m29779) HM
43 Ohio, Shelby County, Sidney — Shelby County Korean Conflict / Vietnam War MemorialThey Rest In Honored Glory
In commemoration of those of Shelby County who for freedom's sake gave their last full measure of devotion Korean Conflict Blackford, Forest W. • Cicur, Jr., John T. Eidemiller, Harold H. • Fogt, Kale D. Fogt, Lloyd O. • Geuy, . . . Map (db m29763) WM
44 Ohio, Shelby County, Sidney — Shelby County Operation Desert Storm MemorialSouthwest Asia Service
Operation Desert Storm In honor of the men and women from Shelby County who served God Bless Our Troops August 1990 - February 1991Map (db m29699) WM
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45 Ohio, Shelby County, Sidney — Shelby County Veterans Memorial
Dedicated to all men and women who served the armed forces of the United States in the defense of their countryMap (db m29704) HM
46 Ohio, Shelby County, Sidney — Shelby County World War I - World War II Memorial
They rest in honored glory In commemoration of those of Shelby County who for freedom's sake gave their last full measure of devotion. World War I Andandale, Frederick N. • Bothel, Howell • Briggs, Floyd • Burress, Thomas • . . . Map (db m166781) WM
47 Ohio, Shelby County, Sidney — Sidney
Founded in 1820 A railroad and industrial center Home of Ohio's first Civil War memorial buildingMap (db m176155) HM
48 Ohio, Shelby County, Sidney — Sidney and Shelby County Millenium Monument
This sculpture celebrates [Agriculture/Civic Life/Education/Industry] in Sidney and Shelby County at the turn of the Millenium. [These] four pieces representing important aspects of local life, [were] donated by the Sidney/Shelby Public Art . . . Map (db m29766) HM
49 Ohio, Shelby County, Sidney — Sidney Fire Bell
This 1,250 pound bell was first sounded in the belfry of the Monumental Bulding at Ohio Avenue and Court Street in January 1905. There is served mainly as a fire bell, ringing when firemen were called to a fire and again as the men returned to the . . . Map (db m29768) HM
50 Ohio, Shelby County, Sidney — Sidney Veterans Memorial
Dedicated to all veterans who honorably served our country Duty ~ Honor ~ CountryMap (db m166779) WM
51 Ohio, Shelby County, Sidney — Tawawa Park
Big Rock arrived here 16,000 years ago, completing the natural beauty of this area. Trains on the Big Four Railroad line passed this spot and continued behind Bridgeview School through downtown Sidney until the completion of the Big Four Bridge . . . Map (db m166784) HM
52 Ohio, Shelby County, Sidney — The Ohio Canals1825-1913
Map showing the primary and feeder routes that made up the Ohio canal system. Canal Fulton, Piqua area, and Roscoe all have canal restorations and canal boats offering rides to the public… A note of caution: riding on a canal . . . Map (db m166782) HM
53 Ohio, Shelby County, Sidney — The Old Jail
The old jail, actually the county's fourth, was completed in 1875 at a cost of $38,600. The Victorian Italianate design made it a distinctive structure. The front facade is composed of 2,000 pound limestone blocks. The jail housed inmates and also . . . Map (db m29746) HM
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54 Ohio, Shelby County, Sidney — 2-75 — The Shelby County Courthouse
In 1819, the State of Ohio formally recognized Shelby County, named for Isaac Shelby, veteran of the American Revolution and former governor of Kentucky. The first county seat was located in Hardin, but was moved to Sidney in 1820 to centralize . . . Map (db m28590) HM
55 Ohio, Shelby County, Sidney — Theodore Roosevelt / William Howard Taft
Theodore Roosevelt Former President Theodore Roosevelt addressed a large crowd from these steps on May 16, 1912. He was introduced by C. B. De Weese. William Howard Taft President William Howard Taft was the first sitting . . . Map (db m28619) HM
56 Ohio, Shelby County, Sidney — US Bank
The old Presbyterian church occupied this site until it was purchased and demolished by General J.O. Amos in 1892. He built a three-story structure here to house the Sidney Daily News and Shelby County Democrat newspapers. That business remained . . . Map (db m29744) HM
57 Ohio, Shelby County, Sidney — 5-75 — Zenas King Bowstring Bridge
Zenas King (1818-1892) was a 19th century bridge builder whose iron bridges received wide acceptance throughout the country. He developed his tubular bowstring bridge in 1859, patented the design in 1861, renewed the patent in 1867, and founded . . . Map (db m182667) HM
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