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Historical Markers and War Memorials in Bellefontaine, Ohio

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Bellefontaine is the county seat for Logan County
Bellefontaine is in Logan County
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1 Ohio, Logan County, Bellefontaine — Bartholomew convinced the City of Bellefontaine
In 1891 Bartholomew convinced the City of Bellefontaine to Allow him to pave an 8' wide section along the Main Street across from the Court House with the promise that it would hold up to horse and buggy traffic. The city approved when Bartholomew . . . Map (db m199664) HM
2 Ohio, Logan County, Bellefontaine — Bartholomew founded the Buckeye Portland Cement Co.
Bartholomew founded the Buckeye Portland Cement Co. in 1887 at Marl City south of Rushsylvania because of the native marl pits in the area. Marl is a mixture of clay, sand, limestone, and shells.Map (db m199666) HM
3 Ohio, Logan County, Bellefontaine — Bartholomew utilized a small laboratory
Bartholomew utilized a small laboratory in the rear of his childhood friend George Kalteyer's drug store at 124 South Main Street (opposite Court Ave.) where he developed his formula for durable paving concrete.Map (db m199667) HM
4 Ohio, Logan County, Bellefontaine — Bartholomew's Concrete
Initially Bartholomew's concrete could withstand 5,400 lbs./sq. in. and originally cost $2.15 per sq. yd. It was later found to have large amounts of air entrained within the concrete which made it more durable.Map (db m199660) HM
5 Ohio, Logan County, Bellefontaine — Bartholomew's Concrete
Bartholomew's concrete pavement worked so well that in 1893 the City contracted to have the streets surrounding the Courthouse Square paved with concrete. Bartholomew donated the concrete for the paving, Today only Count Avenue remains.Map (db m199663) HM
6 Ohio, Logan County, Bellefontaine — Bellefontaine
First concrete street in America built here in 1891Map (db m176206) HM
7 Ohio, Logan County, Bellefontaine — Bellefontaine
First concrete street in America built here in 1891Map (db m178226) HM
8 Ohio, Logan County, Bellefontaine — Bellefontaine Airport Pylon
(plaque #1) In recognition of Lawrence E. Rausenberger pioneer designer and builder of aircraft engines first flight off this field Aug. 1, 1912 (plaque #2) Pylon dedicated by Bellefontaine Air Squadron No. 2 August 1, 1948 on . . . Map (db m76555) HM
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9 Ohio, Logan County, Bellefontaine — Bellefontaine Elks #132 Veterans Memorial
Donated by Bellefontaine Elks #132 So Long as there are Veterans, The Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks Will Never Forget ThemMap (db m199487) WM
10 Ohio, Logan County, Bellefontaine — Bellefontaine High School Veterans MemorialDale McGinnis Post 686 of the American Legion — Honor Roll —
This memorial is dedicated in honor of all Bellefontaine High School students, and residents of Logan County, who have fought to defend and serve our great Country in time of war. We especially recognize those listed who made the ultimate . . . Map (db m173161) WM
11 Ohio, Logan County, Bellefontaine — Bellefontaine Vietnam Memorial — Honoring the Names of those from Logan County, Ohio —
. . . Map (db m79732) WM
12 Ohio, Logan County, Bellefontaine — Bellefontaine War Memorial — Honoring All Veterans in Bellefontaine and Logan County, Ohio —
Dedicated in Honor to those who served by the veterans of Logan County May 31, 1993Map (db m79734) WM
13 Ohio, Logan County, Bellefontaine — Bellefontaine World War I Memorial1917 - 1919
To honor those of Bellefontaine, Ohio, who answered their country's call and gave their service for the great cause of liberty Map (db m22052) WM
14 Ohio, Logan County, Bellefontaine — Blair Casey Park
In memory of Dr. Wilbert Blair Casey 1921 - 1966 for dedicated service to our communityMap (db m81431)
15 Ohio, Logan County, Bellefontaine — C364 — Blue Jacket TownOhio Revolutionary Memorial Trail
. . . Map (db m19800) HM
16 Ohio, Logan County, Bellefontaine — 6-46 — Campbell HillThe Highest Point in Ohio
Campbell Hill is named for Charles D. Campbell of Bellefontaine, who owned this land from 1896 to 1937. A marble stone marker atop the hill, set in 1900 by the U.S. Coast and Geodetic Survey, marks it as the highest point in Ohio at an elevation of . . . Map (db m61994) HM
17 Ohio, Logan County, Bellefontaine — Clarence L Knowlton LibraryReplacement for the Old Carnegie Building — A Memorial to a Local Builder —
Clarence L. Knowlton and Vertura Mae Knowlton came to Bellefontaine in 1917 when Clarence L. Knowlton had contracted to build the first phase of the Mary Rutan Hospital. During this time Clarence and Vertura Knowlton liked the people of . . . Map (db m82407) HM
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18 Ohio, Logan County, Bellefontaine — Congressional Medal of Honor RecipientsState of Ohio, Logan County
United States of America Congressional Medal of Honor Recipients State of Ohio Logan County Civil War Brown, Wilson W. 2nd Lt Georgia 1862 Seaman, Elisha B. Private Virginia 1863 Smith, Otis W. Corporal Tennessee 1864 Indian . . . Map (db m22068) WM
19 Ohio, Logan County, Bellefontaine — Dr. Earl S. Sloan
In honor of Dr. Earl S. Sloan 1848 - 1923 Earl Sloan was born in Zanesfield, Ohio, where he was trained as a harness maker. That early skill proved to be the springboard for other accomplishments, and he eventually came to be the . . . Map (db m204165) HM
20 Ohio, Logan County, Bellefontaine — First Concrete PavementNational Historic Civil Engineering Landmark
First Concrete Pavement Bellefontaine, Oh.Map (db m199657) HM
21 Ohio, Logan County, Bellefontaine — First Portland Cement Concrete Street
. . . Map (db m210907) HM
22 Ohio, Logan County, Bellefontaine — 9-46 — Free Servicemen's Canteen, 1942-1946
Representative of the patriotic spirit of the homefront during World War II, the Big Four Route Veterans Association Women's Auxiliary No. 3 operated a free canteen service for troops in a small white building on the platform of the New York Central . . . Map (db m43906) HM
23 Ohio, Logan County, Bellefontaine — 13-46 — General Robert Patterson Kennedy Reported damaged
Distinguished citizen, legislator, public servant, and historian born in Bellefontaine, January 23, 1840. A Civil War hero, he was promoted to brigadier general at only 25 years of age. Admitted to the bar in 1866, he practiced in Bellefontaine . . . Map (db m75545) HM
24 Ohio, Logan County, Bellefontaine — George Bartholomew
The paving of concrete streets in Bellefontaine, Ohio during the 1890's resulted principally from one man's efforts, George Bartholomew. This statue was presented to the citizens of Logan County by the Concrete industries of Ohio and the United . . . Map (db m156663) HM
25 Ohio, Logan County, Bellefontaine — George W. Bartholomew
George W. Bartholomew perfected and patented a new process for making concrete that withstood the wear and tear of horse and carriages, and later automobiles, yet it was relatively cheap to produce.Map (db m199668) HM
26 Ohio, Logan County, Bellefontaine — George Washington Memorial TreeSame Rock, Same Location, Different Tree
This tree planted in memory of George Washington by the Bellefontaine Chapter D.A.R. (DAR logo) 1931Map (db m80607) HM WM
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27 Ohio, Logan County, Bellefontaine — Grid Indentation Pattern
Initially a grid indentation pattern was used to provide traction for horses when it rained or snowed and can be seen here along the north curb. Later indentation's spaced at 2" intervals were drilled into the top of the concrete slabs.Map (db m199661) HM
28 Ohio, Logan County, Bellefontaine — Gunn's Tavern / Trading PostLogan County, On Top of Ohio
Gunn's Tavern. 500 yards west →. About 1797, John Gunn, a land agent from Canada, came to the head of McKee's Creek to start a town. His two story log house, licensed as a tavern in 1805, became the county's first hotel. . . . Map (db m178532) HM
29 Ohio, Logan County, Bellefontaine — H.M. Annat Dry Goods & Montgomery Ward Store
The building was erected in 1912 to house the new H.M. Annat Dry Goods which for many years was doing business in the Opera Block. The second floor of the store was used by the Deisel Wemmer Company for a branch cigar factory. The company became to . . . Map (db m217848) HM
30 Ohio, Logan County, Bellefontaine — Harmon FieldNeighborhood Playground from National Philanthropist — One of Many, Throughout the Nation —
Harmon Field this playfield was made ours through the assistance of the Harmon Foundation 1923 dedicated forever to the plays of children, the development of youth, and the recreation of all “The gift of land is the gift . . . Map (db m80989) HM
31 Ohio, Logan County, Bellefontaine — Hull's Army
Hull's Army passed through these grounds in 1812 Map (db m58646) HM
32 Ohio, Logan County, Bellefontaine — Hull's Army in 1812
Hull's Army In 1812 encamped on this land owned by Col. James McPherson a Revolutionary Soldier who lies buried in the adjoining cemetery Map (db m58638) HM
33 Ohio, Logan County, Bellefontaine — International Exposition of 1893
Bartholomew was awarded first prize for engineering technology at the International Exposition of 1893 in Chicago for his paying materials. The street was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1974 and designated a National Historic . . . Map (db m199658) HM
34 Ohio, Logan County, Bellefontaine — Lewis R. Ratleff Park
The Lewis R. Ratleff Memorial ParkMap (db m81099)
35 Ohio, Logan County, Bellefontaine — Logan County Veterans Memorial
. . . Map (db m22050) WM
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36 Ohio, Logan County, Bellefontaine — Manary Blockhouse Reported missing
Site of Manary Blockhouse Delaware Village Bukongehelas Erected by Logan Co. Historical Soc. Map (db m58762) HM
37 Ohio, Logan County, Bellefontaine — Manary HouseLogan County, On Top of Ohio
. . . Map (db m34212) HM
38 Ohio, Logan County, Bellefontaine — McKee's TownLogan County, On Top of Ohio
[North Side of Marker] <— 500 Yards East —« A British-Indian Outpost was established in 1778 by the Tory, Alexander McKee, for trade with the Shawnees. It was destroyed by Logan's Army in 1786, re-built, and used as a . . . Map (db m35018) HM
39 Ohio, Logan County, Bellefontaine — Myeerah Trail / Historic Logan County — The Second Marker at the other end of the trail —
Myeerah Trail A former Indian trail connected Blue Jacket's Town (site of Bellefontaine) and Zanestown (now Zanesfield). The highway was named by the County Commissioners in honor of Princess Myreerah, daughter of Chief Tarhe and wife of Isaac . . . Map (db m74503) HM
40 Ohio, Logan County, Bellefontaine — Ohio Hi Point Career CenterGate Post Plaque
Ohio Hi Point Career Center Developing our most valuable resource- people- through quality career technical & academic education. administration superintendent- Kimberly Wilson treasurer- Eric Adelsberger Project Facilitator- Robert . . . Map (db m81889)
41 Ohio, Logan County, Bellefontaine — Ohio State Eagles Recreation ParkOld Coffee Pot Restaurant — now, Eagles Camp Ground —
Restored by Hi- Point Aerie & Auxiliary 2166 Bellefontaine, OhioMap (db m76153) HM
42 Ohio, Logan County, Bellefontaine — 1-46 — Oldest Concrete Street in America
America's first concrete streets were those which surrounded this court house. Concrete was first used in 1891 to provide an 8-foot strip along Main Street where horses were hitched. Two years later Court Avenue was paved with concrete made from . . . Map (db m156664) HM
43 Ohio, Logan County, Bellefontaine — Pigeon Town / Shawnee Village Site
Pigeon Town This town was established after the destruction of the Mackachack towns in Dunmore’s War in 1774. It was named for a wild pigeon roost near by. Col. Logan’s army destroyed it in 1786. Shawnee Village Site The Shawnee . . . Map (db m83765) HM
44 Ohio, Logan County, Bellefontaine — Portland Cement
Portland cement was produced through his patented wet process of pulverizing and blending the marl to extract the limestone. The resulting product was then burned into a clinker as a continuous high temperature in German kilns and then ground into a . . . Map (db m199665) HM
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45 Ohio, Logan County, Bellefontaine — Powell Park, the Old Burial GroundMajor John Tullis and William Powell — the Founders of Bellefontaine —
. . . Map (db m75801) HM
46 Ohio, Logan County, Bellefontaine — Quaker Meeting Place / Site of First Church and School in Rushcreek Township
Side A Quaker Meeting Place This cemetery marks the location of a Quaker Meet ing house built before 1820. Wm. Reames, a Revolutionary soldier, and Thomas Stanfield were promoters and mem bers of the society. Side B . . . Map (db m83220) HM
47 Ohio, Logan County, Bellefontaine — Remembrance 1951- 1969664th Aircraft Control and Warning Squadron — Ohio Hi- Point Career Center —
Bellefontaine, Ohio was home of the 664th Aircraft Control and Warning Squadron of the United States Air Force. Young men from all over America served here as part of our nation’s Air Defense Forces. To honor those who served here . . . Map (db m159953) HM WM
48 Ohio, Logan County, Bellefontaine — The Bellefontaine Examiner — Birthplace of the “Abe Martin” cartoon —
The Bellefontaine Examiner established in 1891 by E. O. and H.K. Hubbard the Weekly Examiner 1871- 1944Map (db m80022) HM
49 Ohio, Logan County, Bellefontaine — The Bottom Course
The bottom course had 18 sacks of cement mixed with 104 cu. ft. of aggregate and water making a mixture of 1:2:4 and was placed on a 2" rolled stone base, tamped until it was 4" thick. Then a 2" 1:2 mortar top was spread on the base and tamped.Map (db m199662) HM
50 Ohio, Logan County, Bellefontaine — The Canby Building
Erected in 1912 by Edward Canby of Dayton, Ohio. It’s developers intended the building to be very modern, and a high-class structure for businesses. The Canby, as it was referred to, was originally occupied by Morris & Palmer Dry Goods on the first . . . Map (db m172700) HM
51 Ohio, Logan County, Bellefontaine — The Cozy Picture Palace
As the silent film era was beginning, H.J. King built this moving picture theater in 1913. It was the first theater in Bellefontaine built specifically for this purpose; it housed the Cozy Theater and later the Rialto. The highest grossing film ever . . . Map (db m207673) HM
52 Ohio, Logan County, Bellefontaine — The Dietrich Building
James Dietrich came to Bellefontaine in1899 to establish his tailor business. Mr. Dietrich built two buildings at 114 and 116 N. Main. The first floors have been home of many businesses over the years. In the 1930s it was a jewelry store and from . . . Map (db m221023) HM
53 Ohio, Logan County, Bellefontaine — The First Concrete Street in America
This pavement is a replica of the original test strip placed in 1891 by George W. BartholomewMap (db m105441) HM
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54 Ohio, Logan County, Bellefontaine — The G.C. Murphy Building
130 S. Main, built in 1875, is the center section of what is known as the Buckeye Block. G.C. Murphy Co. was the most prominent tenant, occupying from 1917 to 1982. In 1956, the owners doubled the buildings’ size to better accommodate the population . . . Map (db m207664) HM
55 Ohio, Logan County, Bellefontaine — The Gorges Building
Built by Henry Gorges in 1896, this building has since been known as the Gorges Building. The building is mostly remembered for housing pharmacies. The Frazier Drug Store was there as early as 1914 and remained for many years. The Gorges Building . . . Map (db m207669) HM
56 Ohio, Logan County, Bellefontaine — The Grand Opera House and Opera Block
The Grand Opera House's first performance was on December 23, 1880 featuring a presentation of "The Chimes of Normandy". The auditorium of the Opera House could seat 956 patrons. Many big-name acts performed at the Grand Opera House, including . . . Map (db m207666) HM
57 Ohio, Logan County, Bellefontaine — The Harley Long Building
The Harley Long Building This building is named in honor of a faithful and trusted employee of the Park Department for twenty- nine years. March 1, 1982Map (db m82289) HM
58 Ohio, Logan County, Bellefontaine — The Historic Post Office of Bellefontaine
Dedicated in 1914, it was a "state of the art" Federal building of Neo-Classical Style. The walls of the building were constructed of gray Ohio sandstone and the interior finished in marble and yellow pine. In 1963 the building was no longer able to . . . Map (db m207668) HM
59 Ohio, Logan County, Bellefontaine — The Holland Theatre
The Holland Theatre opened February 12, 1931 placed on the National Register of historic places by the United States Department of the Interior 2001Map (db m179192) HM
60 Ohio, Logan County, Bellefontaine — The Home of Blue Jacket
This Marks the Site of The Home of Blue Jacket Celebrated Chief of the Shawonoe IndiansMap (db m155995) HM
61 Ohio, Logan County, Bellefontaine — 10-46 — The Honorable William Lawrence(1819 - 1899)
Born in Mt. Pleasant, Ohio, William Lawrence moved to Bellefontaine shortly after graduating from Cincinnati Law School in 1840. Lawrence was prosecuting attorney for Logan County (1845); a member of the Ohio Legislature (1846, 1847, 1849-51, . . . Map (db m22049) HM
62 Ohio, Logan County, Bellefontaine — The J.C. Penney Co.
Built after the fire in 1856, Churchill Hardware Co. operated at this location for over 70 years. The front of the building was remodeled in 1909. The J.C. Penney Co. occupied the building from 1927 to 1959, when it moved to the Zerbee Building at . . . Map (db m207663) HM
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63 Ohio, Logan County, Bellefontaine — The Kauffman Block
The entire block is known as the Kauffman Block, built by Max Kauffman in 1907. He operated the Syndicate Department Store at this location through 1918. Kennedy Brothers Furniture replaced the Syndicate until it was sold and became Armstrong & . . . Map (db m207675) HM
64 Ohio, Logan County, Bellefontaine — 5-46 — The Mills Brothers
Born in Piqua, Ohio, the Mills Brothers grew up and attended school in Bellefontaine. The brothers -- John, Jr., Herbert, Harry, and Donald Mills -- were the first African-American vocal group to perform on a national radio broadcast and achieve . . . Map (db m22069) HM
65 Ohio, Logan County, Bellefontaine — The Original Burial Place of General Simon KentonA Place of Legend
The Original Burial Place of General Simon Kenton born in Virginia 1753 -- died Apr. 29, 1836Map (db m80633) HM
66 Ohio, Logan County, Bellefontaine — The Patterson Block
Built by William T. Patterson as the new site of his marble and monument works in 1912, which he began in 1875. After his passing in 1919, his son ran the business for decades after. Many businesses including a television store and stamp shop . . . Map (db m207674) HM
67 Ohio, Logan County, Bellefontaine — The pavement of Court Avenue
The pavement of Court Avenue was laid out in five foot squares about 6" thick and without any reinforcement. The pavement was built in two layers and the aggregate was clean unwashed gravel separated into coarse sand and pebbles ranging from 1/4" to . . . Map (db m199659) HM
68 Ohio, Logan County, Bellefontaine — 12-46 — The Railroad in Logan CountyRailroad YMCA
Side A- The Railroad in Logan County Bellefontaine was a railroad town from the 1890’s to the 1950’s. The city was the site of one of the largest roundhouses and repair centers on the Big Four/ New York Central Lines and trains . . . Map (db m226467) HM
69 Ohio, Logan County, Bellefontaine — The Shirk’s Logan Tire Co.
Built for Frank W. Shirk’s Logan Tire Co. in 1928, which he owned and operated until 1956. Shirk’s Logan Tire Co. served as the primary tire and car service for Bellefontaine throughout the Great Depression and World War Two. This building sits . . . Map (db m185649) HM
70 Ohio, Logan County, Bellefontaine — The Strand / The Belle Theater
The building was erected in 1884 and was converted into a movie theater in 1916 which was named The Strand. Sound equipment was installed in 1929 so that “talkies” could be shown. New equipment and air conditioning was added in 1950 and the name was . . . Map (db m207676) HM
71 Ohio, Logan County, Bellefontaine — The Wissler Building
108 S. Main was rebuilt in 1856 after a devastating fire destroyed over two acres of downtown Bellefontaine. For a half century until 1941, this building housed Wissler’s Dry Goods. Over a year’s time, Clarence Wissler built an airplane in the . . . Map (db m207677) HM
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72 Ohio, Logan County, Bellefontaine — War Savings Quota
. . . Map (db m22051) HM
73 Ohio, Logan County, Bellefontaine — 4-46 — William H. West1824 - 1911
Judge William H. West of Bellefontaine led a distinguished career in law, public service, and politics. In 1854 West helped found the Republican party in Ohio and six years later he participated in Abraham Lincoln's nomination for the presidency. . . . Map (db m22067) HM
74 Ohio, Logan County, Bellefontaine, Lake Township — Signing Friendship Pact
August 7, 1991 in commemoration signing friendship pact Suzuka, Japan Bellefontaine, OhioMap (db m234662) HM
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