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Historical Markers and War Memorials in Findlay, Ohio

Clickable Map of Hancock 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> Hancock County, OH (113) Allen County, OH (152) Hardin County, OH (61) Henry County, OH (103) Putnam County, OH (76) Seneca County, OH (123) Wood County, OH (224) Wyandot County, OH (71)  HancockCounty(113) Hancock County (113)  AllenCounty(152) Allen County (152)  HardinCounty(61) Hardin County (61)  HenryCounty(103) Henry County (103)  PutnamCounty(76) Putnam County (76)  SenecaCounty(123) Seneca County (123)  WoodCounty(224) Wood County (224)  WyandotCounty(71) Wyandot County (71)
Findlay is the county seat for Hancock County
Findlay is in Hancock County
      Hancock County (113)  
      Allen County (152)  
      Hardin County (61)  
      Henry County (103)  
      Putnam County (76)  
      Seneca County (123)  
      Wood County (224)  
      Wyandot County (71)  
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1 Ohio, Hancock County, Findlay — 125th Anniversary
The University of Findlay with its founding partners, the Churches of God, General Conference, and the citizens of Findlay, Ohio, celebrates 125 years of tradition and excellence in higher education.Map (db m228466) HM
2 Ohio, Hancock County, Findlay — Adding Music To The Curriculum — Tell Taylor Memorial —
Tell Taylor is credited with adding music to the curriculum of the rural schools of Hancock County as a young country school teacher he taught his pupils the enjoyment of singing, accompanying them on ins banjo.Map (db m228516) HM
3 Ohio, Hancock County, Findlay — Allen P. Dudley Bandshell — Reported damaged
Constructed in 1940 by the Works Progress Administration, the Riverside Park Bandshell represents some of the classic architecture of the day. Area craftsmen built special wooden concrete forms to shape the dome, making the acoustics near perfect . . . Map (db m226394) HM
4 Ohio, Hancock County, Findlay — As A Young Man — Tell Taylor Memorial —
As a young man Tell Taylor worked in a hardware store, taught country school, sang in a church choir, was Hancock County Clerk and attended Findlay College before launching his musical career.Map (db m228518) HM
5 Ohio, Hancock County, Findlay — Beneath the Surface
The use of pipelines revolutionized the safe transportation of crude oil in the early days of the oil industry. Pipelines remain one of the safest and most efficient ways to transport crude oil and refined products. In contrast to today's . . . Map (db m166960) HM
6 Ohio, Hancock County, Findlay — Chickamauga
Through the generosity of S.S. Daish this monument has been erected in commemoration of the services of the 21st O.V.I. 1861-1865 Survivors of the 21st Regiment O.V.I. Incorporated, 1913. J.L. Keller, Pres. R.F. McDonald Sec'y. Committee: . . . Map (db m228780) WM
7 Ohio, Hancock County, Findlay — Cloys M. Cole
In memoriam Cloys M. Cole who died December 29, 1924. In recognition of his services in the establishment of this tourists camp.Map (db m228529) HM
8 Ohio, Hancock County, Findlay — Congressional Medal of Honor Recipients — State of Ohio, Hancock County
United States of America Congressional Medal of Honor Recipients State of Ohio, Hancock County Civil War Bensinger, William Captain Georgia 1862 Porter, John R. 1st Lt. Georgia 1862 Scott, John M. Sergeant Georgia 1862 Vance, . . . Map (db m29178) HM
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9 Ohio, Hancock County, Findlay — Donnell Legacy
Three generations of one family guided the direction of the company from 1911 to 1972. The Donnell family left its mark both on the company and the city of Findlay. From grandfather to father to son flowed a continuity of values and a focus . . . Map (db m166985) HM
10 Ohio, Hancock County, Findlay — Down By The Old Mill Stream — Tell Taylor Memorial —
A grist mill seven miles upstream, around witch Tell Taylor played as a boy gave him the inspiration for his song "Down By The Old Mill Stream." Near this spot Tell Taylor, while fishing along the Blanchard River bank one summer day in 1908, . . . Map (db m228521) HM
11 Ohio, Hancock County, Findlay — Early Beginnings
Findlay, Ohio, and Marathon Petroleum Corporation share a history that is inextricably intertwined. What began as a small upstart company named The Ohio Oil Company in Lima, Ohio, in 1887 was purchased by Standard Oil in 1889, and a . . . Map (db m166981) HM
12 Ohio, Hancock County, Findlay — Elijah & Mellie Jones House
Elijah & Mellie Jones House is listed in the National Register of Historic Places by the United States Department of The Interior c.1867 Map (db m159976) HM
13 Ohio, Hancock County, Findlay — Fair Board Directors — Since 1938
Porter Shuck • W. S. Inbody • Howard Poe • M. R. Krout • Joe Powell • Thad Moorhead • Henry Brickman • H. O. Burrell • Paul West • Charles Rossman • Orville Cook • Marvin Neff • Frank Miller • Ray Bibler • Lester Elsea • Levi Welty • Ed Trout • . . . Map (db m228845) HM
14 Ohio, Hancock County, Findlay — Findlay and Beyond
In 1890, three years after the company's incorporation, J.C. Donnell drilled the Hugh McMurray No. 1 well in Hancock County. It was the most productive oil well in the world in its time. By 1911, Ohio Oil sorely needed to find new sources . . . Map (db m166976) HM
15 Ohio, Hancock County, Findlay — Findlay College
Incorporated in 1882, Findlay College first opened for classes on September 1, 1886. This bell, weighing 1,522 pounds and costing $251, was ordered from McShane's Bell Foundry in Baltimore, Md., by the first president of Findlay College, the Rev. . . . Map (db m228467) HM
16 Ohio, Hancock County, Findlay — 9-32 — Findlay College
Findlay College was a joint venture of the Churches of God, General Conference, and the Village of Findlay. It was chartered on January 28, 1882, to provide a liberal arts education within a Christian context for all -- regardless of race or . . . Map (db m29182) HM
17 Ohio, Hancock County, Findlay — First Public Golf Course — Tell Taylor Memorial —
In his retirement years Tell Taylor converted the acreage of his farm, just east of Findlay into the city's first public golf course.Map (db m228513) HM
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18 Ohio, Hancock County, Findlay — First School Building
Site of First School Building in Findlay 1827 [Dedicated June 1937]Map (db m29197) HM
19 Ohio, Hancock County, Findlay — Forest G. Hall
This resting place and drinking fountain dedicated in honor of Forest G. Hall long time county extension agent known as "Mr. Farmer" who revived and guided the Hancock County Fair in 1936 into an agricultural exposition for town & country.Map (db m228781) HM
20 Ohio, Hancock County, Findlay — Founding Members
The new edition of the book, Heartland is dedicated to the memory of Dr. Jerry J. Mallett, founder of the Mazza Museum of International Art from Picture Books. His contribution to the world of children's books is legendary. - . . . Map (db m228471) HM
21 Ohio, Hancock County, Findlay — George P. Jones Home
George P. Jones Home has been placed on the National Register of Historic Places by the United States Department of The Interior 1890 Map (db m159979) HM
22 Ohio, Hancock County, Findlay — Growing Pains
Crude oil was first stored in any container that could be found, making it difficult to judge quantities. Inspiration came from the whiskey industry in the form of a standard size barrel. Even though far removed from the days when oil was . . . Map (db m166978) HM
23 Ohio, Hancock County, Findlay — Hancock County Civil War Memorial
Andrews Raid Once Divided - Now UnitedMap (db m229101) WM
24 Ohio, Hancock County, Findlay — Hancock County Civil War Memorial
Our Honored Dead In memory of the soldiers of Hancock County who fought to suppress the Great Rebellion 1861-1865Map (db m229338) WM
25 Ohio, Hancock County, Findlay — 5-32 — Hancock County Courthouse
Hancock County was organized March, 1828, court being held in a log schoolhouse. In 1833, a frame courthouse was built. It served until 1840, when a brick structure went up on this site. During the oil and gas boom of the 1880's, the present . . . Map (db m29175) HM
26 Ohio, Hancock County, Findlay — Hancock County Korea Memorial
Allen, John P. • Bateson, Ronald D. • Burkett, Merritt R. • Crittendon, Robert L. • Dehaven, Joseph B. • Fleming, Richard E. • Gallant, James A. • Hamby, Charles L. • Howe, Robert G. • Bauer, Louis A. • Pastorius, Thomas L. • McCoy, Richard T. • . . . Map (db m229102) WM
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27 Ohio, Hancock County, Findlay — Hancock County Medal Of Honor Recipients Memorial
Civil War William Bensinger • John R Porter • Wilson J Vance William H Williams • John Morehead Scott • Wilson W Brown World War II Donald A GaryMap (db m229375) WM
28 Ohio, Hancock County, Findlay — Hancock County Veterans Memorial
Dedicated to the honor and sacrifice of our men and women of Hancock County who served their country Lest We ForgetMap (db m29177) WM
29 Ohio, Hancock County, Findlay — Hancock County Veterans Memorial
Dedicated to the men and women who served In honor of those who gave their lives defending our freedomMap (db m229340) WM
30 Ohio, Hancock County, Findlay — Hancock County Veterans Memorial
With sincere and everlasting gratitude may we keep faith with all who served War of 1812 • Mexican War 1846-48 • Civil War 1861-1865 • Spanish American War 1898-1899 • World War I 1917-1918 • World War II 1941-1945 1775 - 1783 To . . . Map (db m229380) WM
31 Ohio, Hancock County, Findlay — Hancock County Veterans Memorial History
1865 Soldiers Monument proposed 1875 Civil War statue dedicated 1903 monument moved to court house 1935 statue moved to Maple Grove 1950 marble podium erected WWI and WWII crosses added 2001 memorial redesign completed reconstruction . . . Map (db m229339) HM
32 Ohio, Hancock County, Findlay — Hancock County Vietnam Memorial
Baker, Samuel T. • Bartley, John P. • Brewster, Carl W. • Bruce, Dennis R. • Cole, Emerson P. • Gardner, Robert L. • Gassman, Gerald L. • Hartley, Robert C. • Hernandez, James, Alex • Kelly, Michael J. • Lord, Barry D. • McCann, Edward D. • . . . Map (db m229374) HM
33 Ohio, Hancock County, Findlay — Hancock County War Memorial
Hancock County War MemorialMap (db m228779) WM
34 Ohio, Hancock County, Findlay — Hancock County World War I Memorial
Agin, Walter V • Bame, Harvey T • Barger, Howard G. • Bayless, Paul R. • Bell, Rice • Bower, Claude G. • Boyer, Elmer J. • Brown, Arthur • Butler, Grover C. • Chapman, Arden L. • Cline, Ross R. • Debrandt, Reginald C. • Decker, Allen G. • Ecker, . . . Map (db m229097) WM
35 Ohio, Hancock County, Findlay — Hanneman Funeral Home Veterans Memorial
In Honor And Remembrance For Those Who ServedMap (db m228402) WM
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36 Ohio, Hancock County, Findlay — Hull's Army
Here Hull's Army Crossed the Blanchard River June 1812 On way to DetroitMap (db m29568) HM
37 Ohio, Hancock County, Findlay — Hull's Trail
Hull's Trail 1812 Erected By Fort Findlay Chapter D.A.R. 1915Map (db m22441) HM
38 Ohio, Hancock County, Findlay — Independent Company
In 2011, Marathon Oil Corporation decided to split its upstream and downstream business segments into two separate companies, independent of the another, and each with a rich, shared history. Marathon Oil Corporation remained in Houston as an . . . Map (db m166974) HM
39 Ohio, Hancock County, Findlay — 19-32 — Indian Green / McKinnis-Litzenberg Farmstead
Indian Green. This area of western Hancock County is a part of the Maumee River Watershed known as "Indian Green." Wyandot Indians chose this area for hunting and ceremonial grounds along the Blanchard River in the 1700s because it was next to . . . Map (db m93378) HM
40 Ohio, Hancock County, Findlay — Indian Green Cemetery Veterans Memorial
The flag placed here is to honor all Veterans known or unknown interred here at Indian Green CemeteryMap (db m159980) WM
41 Ohio, Hancock County, Findlay — Lest We Forget
World War I Walter V. Agin • Harvey T. Bame • Howare G. Barger • Paul R. Bayless • Rice Bell • Claude G. Bowver • Elmer L. Boyer • Arther Brown • Grover C. Butler • Arden L. Chapman • Ross R. Cline • Reginald C. DeBrandt • Allen G. Decker • . . . Map (db m229093) WM
42 Ohio, Hancock County, Findlay — Litzenberg Legacy
Trees as far as the eye can see are preserved for their lifetime thanks to the vision and generosity of Otta Litzenberg who donated this land to the Hancock Park District in 1985. He loved trees and realized their value to wildlife and the . . . Map (db m198622) HM
43 Ohio, Hancock County, Findlay — Marathon & Speedway
When the Detroit refinery was acquired from Aurora in 1959, the company found itself with two brands: Marathon and Speedway. It kept them both, but gave each a different focus. The Marathon brand evolved into a network of independently . . . Map (db m166965) HM
44 Ohio, Hancock County, Findlay — Marion Township School District #3
Marion Township School District #3 Built 1882 Has been placed on the National Register of Historic Places by the United States Department of the Interior 1996Map (db m166988) HM
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45 Ohio, Hancock County, Findlay — Marketing Petroleum
In 1930, The Ohio Oil Company phased out the Linco brand that had come with its purchase of Lincoln Oil Refining Company in favor of the Marathon brand name and its trademark marathon runner, Pheidippides. Pheidippides' 31-year run . . . Map (db m166964) HM
46 Ohio, Hancock County, Findlay — 22-32 — Mason Chapel African Methodist Episcopal Church
Side A: In spite of small numbers and being welcomed by the mostly white congregation of First Methodist Episcopal Church, African Americans in Findlay in the 1880s wanted to express their faith in ways that best reflected their freedoms and . . . Map (db m29179) HM
47 Ohio, Hancock County, Findlay — Mazza Museum at the University of Findlay — United for Libraries — Literary Landmarks Register —
Founded in 1982 with four pieces of original artwork, the University of Findlay's Mazza Museum houses the first and largest international collection of original picture book art from published authors and illustrators who have made significant . . . Map (db m228470) HM
48 Ohio, Hancock County, Findlay — Memorial Park Legend
Near this spot June 6, 1932 700 former school teachers of Hancock County founded the Society of Nathan Hale. 5000 children participated.Map (db m228528) HM
49 Ohio, Hancock County, Findlay — Moving to Markets
From the beginning, transportation was key to the company's success. Crude oil needed to reach the refinery. Likewise, refined products needed to reach the marketplace. Storage tanks needed to be built at every step along the way. Early . . . Map (db m166956) HM
50 Ohio, Hancock County, Findlay — Names Will Change
By the 1950s, The Ohio Oil Company determined that the public did not associate Ohio Oil with its retail Marathon brand name. The company had also grown far beyond its Midwestern roots. In 1962, the company changed its name to Marathon . . . Map (db m166972) HM
51 Ohio, Hancock County, Findlay — 16- 32 — Oesterlen Well Site / Old Mill Stream Fairgrounds
Oesterlen Well Site The site of the natural gas well generally credited with the beginning of the "Gas Boom" in Hancock County is approximately 300 feet west of this marker. German physician, Dr. Charles Oesterlen drilled the well on his . . . Map (db m75156) HM
52 Ohio, Hancock County, Findlay — Ohio's First Road Side Park
Ohio's First Road Side Park 1936Map (db m198626) HM
53 Ohio, Hancock County, Findlay — Old Main Original Bell
Old Main original bell, placed here in 2003 as the 50th anniversary gift by the Class of 1953, with grateful assistance from the Classes of 1945, 1946, 1991 and 2003, other alumni and friends.Map (db m228468) HM
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54 Ohio, Hancock County, Findlay — Original Cornerstone
Original Cornerstone in Old MainMap (db m228469) HM
55 Ohio, Hancock County, Findlay — Outstanding New Building, 1978 - 1979
This building selected as an outstanding new building in the downtown area 1978 - 1979Map (db m29194) HM
56 Ohio, Hancock County, Findlay — Outstanding Renovated Building, 1980 - 1986
This building selected as an outstanding renovated building in the downtown area 1980 - 1986Map (db m29195) HM
57 Ohio, Hancock County, Findlay — Refineries Multiply
Ohio Oil's humble venture into refining began in 1924 with the purchase of a refinery in Robinson, III. The refinery was operated by just three men, and its products sold for 5 cents a gallon. From this modest beginning, Marathon Petroleum . . . Map (db m166967) HM
58 Ohio, Hancock County, Findlay — 15-32 — Riverside Park / Old Mill Stream
[West Side of Marker] : "Riverside Park" One of the earliest and largest amusement parks in Northwest Ohio dedicated in 1906 on site of old waterworks. Trains brought visitors from as far away as Cleveland. 1907: Dance Pavilion and . . . Map (db m29569) HM
59 Ohio, Hancock County, Findlay — Riverside South Entry Plaza - 1999 — Nature's Housekeepers Garden
A gift to the community on the 25th anniversary of the Nature's Housekeepers Branch Woman's National Farm & Garden Association Located on the site of the former Green Mill Garden Dance Hall & Pavilion "Down By The Old Millstream"Map (db m228506) HM
60 Ohio, Hancock County, Findlay — Robinson Bridge
This historical bridge was built on this site in 1880. The bridge was named after a local landowner and was built by the Wrought Iron Bridge Company of Canton Ohio. It was 120 feet long and 15 feet high, and was built 13 feet above . . . Map (db m158957) HM
61 Ohio, Hancock County, Findlay — 4-32 — Site of Fort Findlay
[Marker Front]: Early in the War of 1812, Gen. Wm. Hull, commander of Ohio troops, ordered Col.. James Findlay to open a road from Ft. McArthur on the Scioto River to Blanchard’s Fork. Under Findlay, a stockade 50 yards square, with a . . . Map (db m21576) HM
62 Ohio, Hancock County, Findlay — Song And Dance Man Of The Early 1900's
Song and dance man of the early 1900's. Composer of more than 200 songs and several Broadway Musical comedies in which he played roles. Partner in a successful music publishing firm in Chicago, Tell Taylor's musical career covered a span of two . . . Map (db m228519) HM
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63 Ohio, Hancock County, Findlay — St. Michael Parish — 150th Anniversary, 1839 – 1989 — A Holy Heritage in Hancock County —
In commemoration of 150 years of service to Catholics in Findlay and Hancock County. St. Michael Parish officially began as a station of the Tiffin St. Mary Parish in 1839. Masses were celebrated in the homes of John Engelmann and John . . . Map (db m146416) HM
64 Ohio, Hancock County, Findlay — Tell Taylors Career Was Launched
Tell Taylor's career was launched when Joe Howard, comedy star of that day, heard him sing in a restaurant in Buffalo in 1901. During the Pan American Exposition and offered him a singing role in his company.Map (db m228526) HM
65 Ohio, Hancock County, Findlay — Tell Taylors Is Buried In The Family Plot — Tell Taylor Memorial —
Tell Taylor is buried in the family plot Van Horn Cemetery 6 miles S.E. near the scenes of his childhood. An appropriate monument was erected at his grave by Findlay Elks #75.Map (db m228525) HM
66 Ohio, Hancock County, Findlay — 21-32 — The Glass Industry of Findlay, Ohio
In 1884, the first natural gas well was successfully drilled in Findlay, and when The Great Karg Well, then the largest in the world, was drilled in 1886, the boom was on. Many industries, especially glass, were attracted to Findlay, lured by free . . . Map (db m29174) HM
67 Ohio, Hancock County, Findlay — The Great Karg Gas Well January 20 1886
The great Karg gas well January 20 1886 This marker is erected in humble pride by the people of Findlay Ohio June 21 1937Map (db m79306) HM
68 Ohio, Hancock County, Findlay — 14-32 — The Ohio Oil Co - Marathon Oil Co / Gas Boom Era
Side A: The Ohio Oil Company-Marathon Oil Company Site of the first Findlay Field Office for what was to become a world-wide oil company, formerly locally owned and operated. 1887: The Ohio Oil Company was incorporated by five independent . . . Map (db m29180) HM
69 Ohio, Hancock County, Findlay — 20-32 — The Underground Railroad in Hancock County
Side A: The Fugitive Slave Act of 1850 prompted an expansion of the "Underground Railroad," and as the state spanning the shortest distance between the Ohio River and Canada, Ohio saw heavy traffic in escaping slaves in the decades before . . . Map (db m29176) HM
70 Ohio, Hancock County, Findlay — The University of Findlay
The University of Findlay was founded as Findlay College in 1882 by the Churches of God, General Conference and the City of Findlay Old Main opened on September 1, 1886, for the first classes. 125th Anniversary The University . . . Map (db m29200) HM
71 Ohio, Hancock County, Findlay — Versatile Hydrocarbon
Early refineries were simple cookers which drew off gasoline, kerosene, and lubricant distillates as the temperature rose. While today's refineries also accomplish that same basic separation, modern refining continues the process by breaking . . . Map (db m166969) HM
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72 Ohio, Hancock County, Findlay — Veterans Memorial
This flagpole was donated by the Veterans Service Commission and all Veterans of Hancock County. Remember and honor the many sacrifices that have been made to defend the freedoms that form the foundations of our country.Map (db m228507) WM
73 Ohio, Hancock County, Findlay — Veterans Memorial Flagpole
Remember and honor the many sacrifices that have been made to defend the freedoms that form the foundations of our country.Map (db m30452) WM
74 Ohio, Hancock County, Findlay — Veterans Memorial Water Tower
Findlay Salutes VeteransMap (db m170777) WM
75 Ohio, Hancock County, Findlay — War Savings Stamps
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76 Ohio, Hancock County, Findlay — Welcome to Historic Riverside Waterfront Park
The Park's Early History Before Riverside Park, there was simply a riverside. In 1888, the Findlay City Council improved the riverfront, building a water works, reservoir, and Ice house on the banks of the Blanchard River. Findlay residents . . . Map (db m228509) HM
77 Ohio, Hancock County, Findlay — World War II Memorial
Abbott, Robert R. • Aldrich, Stanley B. • Alexander, Robert • Alge, George W. • Armentrout, Alva • Baker, Ray E. • Bame, Walter D. • Barnhouse, Charles • Basinger, Adrian L. • Baughman, Herman J. • Beck, Earl N. • Beckford, Joshua J. • Benton, . . . Map (db m229098) WM
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Sep. 28, 2023