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Lorain County Ohio Historical Markers

 
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By Christopher Light, February 16, 2008
Sandstone Center of the World Marker
Ohio (Lorain County), Amherst — 14-47 — Sandstone Center of the World
The City of Amherst was founded in 1811. Beginning in 1847, Amherst developed and prospered around the sandstone industry and its associated quarries. This sandstone proved to be an important economic blessing to our early settlers and is the . . . — Map (db m5525) HM
Ohio (Lorain County), Avon — 6-47 — Norton S. Townshend, M.D.
(1815-1895) A progressive farmer, physician, and legislator, Norton S. Townshend lived in Avon from 1830 until his death. His introduction of field drainage tile significantly increased the productivity of Avon farmland. A well-educated country . . . — Map (db m5529) HM
Ohio (Lorain County), Avon — Timeline of Dr. Norton S. Townshend Antislavery Politician, Agricultural Educator
A progressive farmer, physician, and legislator, Norton S. Townshend had a residence in Avon from 1830 until his death.

His introduction of field drainage tile significantly increased the productivity of Avon farming.

A well educated . . . — Map (db m96124) HM

Ohio (Lorain County), Kipton — 24-47 — Great Kipton Train Wreck
On April 19, 1891, a head-on collision between two trains of the Lake Shore and Michigan Southern Railway occurred at the Kipton depot. Eight people lost their lives, and the depot was heavily damaged. The crash occurred when a fast mail train . . . — Map (db m96536) HM
Ohio (Lorain County), Lorain — 4-47 — Founding of Lorain, Ohio
At the mouth of the Black River in April, 1787, Moravian missionary David Zeisberger attempted a settlement of Indians but was ordered further west by unfriendly Delaware Indians. On July 16, 1834, a plat of this site was filed by Conrad Reid, . . . — Map (db m5546) HM
Ohio (Lorain County), Lorain — 10-47 — Helen Steiner Rice
Helen Steiner Rice was born on May 19, 1900, in Lorain, the daughter of Anna and John Steiner. Demonstrating an early propensity for writing, Helen planned for college, but her father's death during the 1918 Spanish Influenza epidemic kept her . . . — Map (db m67511) HM
Ohio (Lorain County), Lorain — 20-47 — Shipbuilding Lorain's First Industry
Side One Lorain's shipbuilding industry began when Augustus Jones and William Murdock began constructing wooden sailing vessels on the west side near the mouth of the Black River. The sloop General Huntington was the first boat launched . . . — Map (db m67504) HM
Ohio (Lorain County), Lorain — 8-47 — The Lorain Tornado, 1924
Just after 5:00 P.M on June 28, 1924, a tornado swept off Lake Erie directly into downtown Lorain. Within five minutes, seventy-eight people lost their lives. Fifteen died in the old State Theatre that stood upon this site, as an audience of two . . . — Map (db m67510) HM
Ohio (Lorain County), Lorain — Trading Post
In 1807 a Trading Post with the Indians was established near this site by Nathan Pery, Jr. that resulted in the settlement of Lorain which in pioneer days was known as the Mouth of the Black River. — Map (db m5547) HM
Ohio (Lorain County), Oberlin — 21-47 — Charles M. Hall and Frank M. Jewett
Aluminum pioneer Charles Martin Hall was born in 1863 in Thompson, Ohio (Geauga County), and moved with his family to Oberlin in 1873. Hall graduated from Oberlin College in 1885, studying chemistry under Professor Frank Fanning Jewett (1844-1926). . . . — Map (db m97823) HM
Ohio (Lorain County), Oberlin — 9-47 — The Burrell-King House
Jabez Lyman Burrell (1806-1900), originally from Massachusetts, built this house in 1852. Burrell made his living as a cattleman and farmer, but devoted much of his time to serving the cause of abolitionism, helping slaves who had escaped the South . . . — Map (db m101111) HM
Ohio (Lorain County), Sheffield Lake — 2-47 — 103rd Ohio Volunteer Infantry
The 103rd O.V.I. was recruited for Civil War service from Cuyahoga, Lorain, and Medina counties. The Regiment was organized at Cleveland in August, 1862, and served until 1865 in campaigns at Cincinnati, Knoxville, Atlanta, Franklin, Nashville, and . . . — Map (db m67469) HM WM
Ohio (Lorain County), Sheffield Lake — 15-47 — Burrell Homestead
In June 1815, Captain Jabez Burrell settled this land after coming from Sheffield, Massachusetts. Five years later the brick homestead was constructed. Five generations of the Burrell family occupied the homestead continuously from 1820 to January . . . — Map (db m67503) HM
Ohio (Lorain County), Sheffield Lake — 12-47 — Jay Terrell and his "Terrible Fish"
Around 1867, along the shale cliffs of the lakeshore of Sheffield Lake, Jay Terrell found fossils of a "terrible fish" later named in his honor as Dinichthys Terrelli. This animal, now known as Dunkleosteus terrelli, was a massive arthrodire (an . . . — Map (db m67502) HM
Ohio (Lorain County), Wellington — Archibald M. Willard
This tablet was erected by Wellington residents to honor the memory of Archibald M. Willard creator of the “Spirit of 76” who conceived the idea for his famous inspirational painting on this public square, henceforth . . . — Map (db m38796) HM
Ohio (Lorain County), Wellington — 5-47 — Horr Cheese House, 1865 / Myron T. Herrick (1854-1929)
Side one: Horr Cheese House, 1865 As late as the Civil War era, cheesemaking in Ohio remained largely a cottage industry. After investigating new processes and obtaining pledges for a reliable milk supply from area farmers, brothers . . . — Map (db m38814) HM
Ohio (Lorain County), Wellington — Huntington Civil War Memorial
Panel A: In grateful Memory of the Volunteers from Huntington Who offered up their Lives to Preserve the Federal Union in the Great American Rebellion Panel B: Sergt. E.A. Sprague Gauley River Va. Oct. 9, 1861 . . . — Map (db m38832) HM
Ohio (Lorain County), Wellington — Spirit of 76 In Memoriam
Center marker, front: Revolutionary War 1775-1783 War of 1812 Civil War 1861-1865 Spanish American 1898-1901 World War 1917-1918 World War II 1941-1945 Korean War 1950-1953 Vietnam War 1961-1975 Center marker, . . . — Map (db m38810) HM
Ohio (Lorain County), Wellington — Veterans Monument
Dedicated to the Honor and Sacrifice of our Men and Women Who served our Country in times of War The erection of this monument made possible by the gifts of the citizens of the community, the assistance of the Huntington Grange, the efforts of . . . — Map (db m38829) HM
Ohio (Lorain County), Wellington — Vietnam Veterans Monument In Memoriam
To those who died in Vietnam Kenneth C. Marley Davis A. Jones Gary W. Perkins Timothy J. Cottrell Richard M. Logan Sydney A. Cottrell They shall not have died in vain — Map (db m38809) HM

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