Second Capitol of Ohio historical marker
Second Capitol of Ohio historical marker

I hit a Waymarking milestone today — my 100th approved Waymark! The honor (such as it is) goes to Second Capitol of Ohio in the Ohio Historical Markers category.

This marker (#7-60) is in front of the Muskingum County Courthouse at 401 Main Street, Zanesville. The marker reads:

(side A)  In 1809 the citizens of Zanesville erected a building on this site which served as the capitol of Ohio from October 1, 1810, until May 1, 1812. The 9th and 10th sessions of the Ohio General Assembly met here before returning to Chillicothe in May 1812. The building was then used as the Muskingum County Courthouse until the present courthouse was built in 1874. The 1809 date stone from the old building was incorporated into the new building and may be seen over the front steps.

(side B)  In 1809 both Zanesville and Putnam (then a separate town across the Muskingum River) vied to become the capital city of Ohio. Zanesville erected a new county courthouse and Putnam erected a new school building – both towns hoping that the state legislature would find their building suitable for the state house. When the legislature settled on Zanesville, the Putnam building, known as the Stone Academy, was used as a school and as a meeting place. The Ohio Anti-Slavery Convention was held there in 1835.

I knew I was getting close to #100, so I was careful what categories I was submitting to. I didn’t want #100 to be something like McDonalds or Walmart! (I haven’t posted to either of those categories, though I suppose I will break down and do one of each someday, just to fill in the grid.)

Look for more Waymarking information soon on my blog!

Posted: July 12, 2008.

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