Historical Markers

Ottawa County has a number of dedicated historical markers for you to visit.  We have 27 places on the National Register of Historic Places (2 of which are also National Historic Landmarks), 21 State of Ohio Historical markers, and 14 markers placed by local organizations.  Here you’ll find brief information on each of the markers with its location and a photo, if available.  We hope you enjoy learning about these treasured places.

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Ohio Historical Markers

The State of Ohio’s historical marker program was started in 1957 and has placed about 1,800 markers throughout the State helping to share the incredible history stories of people, places and things.  The program is administered by the Ohio History Connection.  To learn more about all of the markers throughout the State, visit www.remarkableohio.org.

Ohio Historical Markers
Photos courtesy Douglas Huber

National Historical Markers

The National Register of Historic Places is the official list of the Nation’s historic places.  Authorized by the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966, the National Park Service’s National Register is part of a national program to coordinate and support public and private efforts to identify, evaluate, and protect America’s historic and archeological resources.  Visit  https://www.nps.gov/subjects/nationalregister/index.htm to learn more about the National Register.

National Register of Historic Places/National Historic Landmarks
Photos from National Register applications, unless otherwise noted.

Local Historical Markers

Through the efforts of local organizations and individual people, the County has several historical markers to commemorate people, places and things that helped develop its history.  Some of these local markers have also been recognized by the Ohio Historical Marker and National Register of Historic Places programs.

Local Markers by Various Organizations

The maps show where each marker is located.
When you click on a number you will see a brief description of the marker as well as its location.
You can use the menu bar above the map, to list the markers by name & number, share with others or view in new window at full size.

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