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“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”

Akron, Ohio Historical Markers

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By William Fischer, Jr., June 8, 2011
1797 Portage Path Survey Marker and Stones
Ohio (Summit County), Akron — 1797 Portage Path Survey Trail Stones Identify Portage Path
This series of flat stones has been laid on the ground to mark the actual trail of the Portage Path as it was surveyed by Moses Warren in 1797. From here, the trail winds southwest and then southerly and up the hill through the park. Then North . . . — Map (db m48754) HM
Ohio (Summit County), Akron — 32-77 — 1936 Akron Rubber Strike
Five Depression-era strikes against many of Akron's rubber companies culminated in a giant "sit-down" strike against Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company, the industry's leader, in February and March of 1936. The fledgling United Rubber Workers (URW), . . . — Map (db m43625) HM
Ohio (Summit County), Akron — 29-77 — Airdock
A colossus of engineering acumen and structural steel, the Airdock was built in 1929 as the construction facility for the U.S. Navy's rigid airships, the USS Akron (1931) and USS Macon (1933). The airships, or dirigibles, served as . . . — Map (db m43475) HM
Ohio (Summit County), Akron — Alaskan Totem Pole
Presented to the All-American Soap Box Derby by the Juneau, Alaska, Rotary Club Original of this pole stands at Wrangell, Alaska, where since 1890 it has served as a memorial to the Kiksadi chief, Kolteen ...the monument consists . . . — Map (db m48713) HM
Ohio (Summit County), Akron — 24-77 — Astronaut Judith Resnik
"The future doesn't belong to the fainthearted; it belongs to the brave. The Challenger crew was pulling us into the future and we'll continue to follow..." President Ronald Reagan As the second American woman in space, Judith Resnik . . . — Map (db m43539) HM
Ohio (Summit County), Akron — Creating Crossroads of Commerce Ohio & Erie Canalway
You are near "Hall's Corners," the center of Akron's first business district, named after the general store that once stood at the corner of Market and Howard streets. Across Market Street from where you are standing, was the Empire House, the most . . . — Map (db m48848) HM
Ohio (Summit County), Akron — Dr. Bob's Home
The home of Dr. Bob & Anne Smith from 1916 to 1950 Co-founder of Alcoholics Anonymous ————— The birthplace of Alcoholics Anonymous June 10, 1935 Akron, Ohio This property is listed in the . . . — Map (db m48847) HM
Ohio (Summit County), Akron — 38-77 — Elm Court / Our Lady of the Elms Arthur Hudson Marks (1874 - 1939) / Sisters of St. Dominic
Side A: Elm Court Arthur Hudson Marks (1874-1939) Elm Court, designed by Howard Van Doren Shaw of Illinois, was built in 1912 for Arthur Hudson Marks. The original mansion exemplifies the Italian Renaissance Revival style. Elm Court . . . — Map (db m43505) HM
Ohio (Summit County), Akron — 23-77 — Franklin Augustus "F. A." Seiberling and The Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company
Industrialist and entrepreneur Franklin Augustus Seiberling (1859-1955) named his fledgling rubber goods manufacturing company "Goodyear" to honor Charles Goodyear, the man who invented the vulcanization process for curing rubber. Seiberling . . . — Map (db m43451) HM
Ohio (Summit County), Akron — 36-77 — Glendale Steps
Built over a two-year period, from 1936-1937, by the Federal Works Progress Administration, the Glendale Steps survive as a monument to the work of stone craftsmen during the Great Depression. Spanning a 200-foot slope, the purpose of the Glendale . . . — Map (db m43554) HM
Ohio (Summit County), Akron — 17-77 — Howard Street District
Side A: The center of African-American culture in Akron during the mid-20th century, Howard Street was home to many of the city's black-owned business and entertainment establishments, and provided an atmosphere in which minority-owned . . . — Map (db m43566) HM
Ohio (Summit County), Akron — 30-77 — Karl Arnstein
The innovations of Dr. Karl Arnstein (1887-1974), an aerospace industry pioneer, form the foundation for lighter-than-air technology in use today. His mathematical proof and application of modern stress analysis allowed the construction of larger, . . . — Map (db m43454) HM
Ohio (Summit County), Akron — 41-77 — Middlebury Cemetery
This burying ground was the first public cemetery located within Akron's boundaries. It was also known as the "Old Cemetery" and the "Newton Street Cemetery." Deacon Titus Chapman donated this land in 1808 as a burying ground, and he was probably . . . — Map (db m43444) HM
Ohio (Summit County), Akron — 7-77 — Middlebury Lodge No. 34 F.&A.M.
On December 21, 1818, The Grand Lodge of Free and Accepted Masons of Ohio granted a Charter to Middlebury Lodge No. 34 marking the beginning of Freemasonry in Summit County. The Lodge was located on Case Avenue, then known as Water Street. Two . . . — Map (db m43446) HM
Ohio (Summit County), Akron — Motorless Flight
To honor the pioneering spirit and enthusiam of the Citizens of Akron who supported the significant advances to motorless flight from 1929 to 1936 a commemorative flight today re-enacts the first towed glider flight 50 years ago . . . — Map (db m48712) HM
Ohio (Summit County), Akron — 1-77 — Portage Path
You are standing on the famous portage, carrying-place between the Cuyahoga and Tuscarawas rivers. The two streams and the portage across the watershed formed an early route between Lake Erie and the Ohio River. First the Indians, then French and . . . — Map (db m43550) HM
Ohio (Summit County), Akron — Portage Path North Terminus
The North Terminus canoe landing of the Portage Path was located here along the Cuyahoga River. The 1797 survey of the trail began at a black cherry tree on the south bank of the river. If standing today, that tree would be in the middle of the . . . — Map (db m48846) HM
Ohio (Summit County), Akron — 6-77 — Site of Sojourner Truth's Speech on Women's Rights
On this site on May 29, 1851, Sojourner Truth, a former slave, gave her world famous "And Ain't I a Woman?" speech, recalling the hardships she had endured. Active in both the Abolitionist and Women's Rights Movements, she electrified an audience . . . — Map (db m43726) HM
Ohio (Summit County), Akron — 19-77 — Stan Hywet Hall
The former "country estate" of the Frank A. Seiberling family, Stan Hywet Hall is one of the finest examples of Tudor Revival architecture in the United States. "F.A." Seiberling (1859-1955) co-founded the Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company in 1898 and . . . — Map (db m43508) HM
Ohio (Summit County), Akron — 40-77 — The Gate Lodge, Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens Birthplace of Alcoholics Anonymous
Side A: The Gate Lodge, Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens Completed in 1915, the Gate Lodge is one of several service buildings located at Stan Hywet Hall dedicated to the operations of the estate. Located at the front entrance gates, this two-story . . . — Map (db m43509) HM
Ohio (Summit County), Akron — The Old Portage Path
The Old Portage, an eight-mile overland connection between the Cuyahoga and Tuscarawas Rivers, was the longer of two portages used by prehistoric peoples and early settlers. This was just one link in the water route between Lake Erie and the Ohio . . . — Map (db m48845) HM
Ohio (Summit County), Akron — The Portage Path Connected Lake Erie with the Ohio River
The First Americans You are standing at the North Terminus of the renewed Portage Path, which formed the vital link in the shortest and best water route between the great lake to the north and the rivers flowing south. The trail was created . . . — Map (db m48755) HM
Ohio (Summit County), Akron — 28-77 — The Soap Box Derby
An annual summer tradition for American youth since the 1930s, the All-American Soap Box Derby was the concept of journalist Myron E. ("Scottie") Scott, who covered an impromptu homebuilt gravity-car race in Dayton in 1933. Scott conceived and . . . — Map (db m43477) HM
Ohio (Summit County), Akron — 37-77 — Treaty of Fort McIntosh Boundary Line
In 1785, American Indian tribal leaders from the Chippewa, Delaware, Ottawa, and Wyandot met with representatives sent by the United States Congress to sign the controversial Treaty of Fort McIntosh. The treaty surrendered control of Native . . . — Map (db m43512) HM
Ohio (Summit County), Akron — United Rubber Workers International Union Since 1935
In downtown Akron at the Portage Hotel, 12 September 1935, a national convention of rubber workers met and organized the United Rubber Workers of America. Convention delegates elected Sherman Dalrymple president and dedicated the URW international . . . — Map (db m43731) HM
Ohio (Summit County), Akron — United States Synthetic Rubber Program 1939-1945 National Historic Chemical Landmark Akron, Ohio —
Top plaque: When the natural rubber supply from Southeast Asia was cut off at the beginning of World War II, the United States and its allies faced the loss of a strategic material. With U.S. government sponsorship, a consortium of companies . . . — Map (db m44733) HM
Ohio (Summit County), Akron — 11-77 — Wesley Temple African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church
This church, founded in 1866, is the oldest Black congregation in Akron. After worshipping in several locations, the congregation held a fund-raiser to help finance the construction of a permanent home. The person collecting the most money had the . . . — Map (db m43501) HM
Ohio (Summit County), Akron — Yeck Family Portage Path North Terminus Memorial Preserving the Trail of the Portage Path To the Tuscarawas —
The Portage Path is now marked for all time in bronze to honor and memorialize the American Indian who for untold centuries preserved and cared for this land and its waterways. During the 1990's, the Yeck Family initiated a program to research, . . . — Map (db m48751) HM

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