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Historical Markers and War Memorials in Celina, Ohio

Clickable Map of Mercer 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> Mercer County, OH (99) Auglaize County, OH (137) Darke County, OH (90) Shelby County, OH (56) Van Wert County, OH (72) Adams County, IN (29) Jay County, IN (20)  MercerCounty(99) Mercer County (99)  AuglaizeCounty(137) Auglaize County (137)  DarkeCounty(90) Darke County (90)  ShelbyCounty(56) Shelby County (56)  VanWertCounty(72) Van Wert County (72)  AdamsCountyIndiana(29) Adams County (29)  JayCounty(20) Jay County (20)
Celina is the county seat for Mercer County
Celina is in Mercer County
      Mercer County (99)  
      Auglaize County (137)  
      Darke County (90)  
      Shelby County (56)  
      Van Wert County (72)  
      Adams County, Indiana (29)  
      Jay County, Indiana (20)  
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1 Ohio, Mercer County, Celina — Agriculture, Mercer County's Foundation
One of the striking impressions that Celina's lighthouse leaves is that it is not often approached through seas of grain. The level countryside around Celina and Grand Lake represents this area's founding father's dreams, a land of bountiful . . . Map (db m193117) HM
2 Ohio, Mercer County, Celina — Beaver Chapel ChurchSwamp College — Busy Little Corner, in the Middle of Nowhere —
This bell was used by Beaver Chapel Church from 1908 - 1985 placed here September 2012 in honor of our 125 year anniversaryMap (db m83280) HM
3 Ohio, Mercer County, Celina — CelinaCorporation Limit Marker
Founded in 1834. Grand Lake created as a reservoir for Miami and Erie Canal.Map (db m159672) HM
4 Ohio, Mercer County, Celina — Celina
Founded in 1834. Grand Lake created as a reservoir for Miami and Erie Canal.Map (db m193090) HM
5 Ohio, Mercer County, Celina — Celina City Hall
Celina City Hall was built in 1800 at the northeast corner of Lovingston and Main Streets. It exhibits the characteristics of the Richardsonian Romanesque style of architecture popular in the late 1800's. This architectural style is known for its . . . Map (db m166653) HM
6 Ohio, Mercer County, Celina — Early Celina History
The town of Celina was founded and named by James W. Riley in 1834. As a young man, he had achieved the position of captain of merchant ships. It seems fitting that the lighthouse calls to mind Capt. Riley's love of the sea. With his nautical . . . Map (db m193118) HM
7 Ohio, Mercer County, Celina — Early Mercer County History
Named for General Hugh Mercer, a distinguished officer of the Revolution, Mercer County was established in 1820 by a legislative act creating counties from the land within Ohio ceded by the Indians. The configuration of the County then included . . . Map (db m193092) HM
8 Ohio, Mercer County, Celina — Geologic History
Wisconsin age glacial deposits of clay silt soils cover dolomite limestone bedrock in this area. Geologists tell us that this limestone bedrock was created 400 million years ago during the Silurian Geologic age: During this age the area we now . . . Map (db m166629) HM
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9 Ohio, Mercer County, Celina — Grand Lake St. Marys
Whats with the name? This lake has been known under different names. When it was first constructed as the Grand Reservoir for the Miami-Erie Canal. Location of that during construction to the local residents may called it something else not as . . . Map (db m166626) HM
10 Ohio, Mercer County, Celina — Grand Lake St. Marys Points Of Interest
1. Historic downtown Celina is on the National Registry of Historic Places, It contains a rich and varied collection of architectural styles from the late 19th to early 20th centuries. Included are the Courthouse and City Hall and many two . . . Map (db m166639) HM
11 Ohio, Mercer County, Celina — Grand Lake St. Marys SpillwayMercer County Reservoir — Miami and Erie Canal Feeder —
Grand Lake St. Marys was constructed between 1837 and 1845 as a feeder reservoir for the Miami and Erie Canal. The reservoir provided a constant source of water for the canal through a feeder canal located at the eastern embankment of the lake. . . . Map (db m83247) HM
12 Ohio, Mercer County, Celina — Lake Improvments
Once the lake began to be used for recreational purposes, improvements were made to enhance it. One of the first was the installation of concrete sea walls and riprap at both ends of the lake. The primary objective of these was to protect the . . . Map (db m166628) HM
13 Ohio, Mercer County, Celina — Major Historic Influences
Oil Wells This lake is arguably the site of the first off shore oil wells in the world. Oil was discovered in this area in the 1850's. Oil wells built by wildcatters sprang up all across the lake. It is estimated that over 150 oil wells were . . . Map (db m193116) HM
14 Ohio, Mercer County, Celina — Mercer County Courthouse
Mercer County Court House was built in 1918, It's stated that architect's intention was to make the Mercer County Court House a Landmark. Donated in honor of Greece the birthplace of democracy. The building design was called "Greek Revival" here . . . Map (db m166632) HM
15 Ohio, Mercer County, Celina — Mercer County Veterans Memorial
In honor of the fallen heroes of Mercer County Who at the call of their country entered the service to fight for the highest of American principles.Map (db m161331) WM
16 Ohio, Mercer County, Celina — Points Of Intrest In Mercer And Auglaize Counties
1. Eden Haden Park This 55 acre Mercer County park was established in 1972. It is located on Haden Road 4 miles north of SR 29. It has a dense wood lot along with a 2 acre pond and playfield. It and farmland to support its maintenance were . . . Map (db m166630) HM
17 Ohio, Mercer County, Celina — Prehistoric Indians / Historic Indians
Prehistoric Indians Man's first occupation of this area is marked by the discovery of prehistoric artifacts. Evidence shows that this area was used primarily as a hunting grounds. Items, such as flint spear and arrow points, stone tools and . . . Map (db m166659) HM
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18 Ohio, Mercer County, Celina — Swamp College Veterans MemorialObscure Marker in an Obscure Location — A Bi-Centennial Marker —
For God and country we have served for peace (5 logos) Veterans Memorial donated by Celina Post 120 & Coldwater Post 470 dedicated July 4, 1976Map (db m83305) WM
19 Ohio, Mercer County, Celina — 3-54 — The Riley Home
The museum of the Mercer County Historical Society, the Riley Home, represents six generations of the Riley family in the county. The first Riley to arrive here was Captain James Riley, who surveyed the area in 1819, after it was opened to . . . Map (db m12294) HM
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Dec. 8, 2023