Evansport (HM1B25)

Location: Defiance, OH 43512 Defiance County
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Country: United States of America
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N 41° 25.453', W 84° 23.795'

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(Side One)
Evansport is named after brothers Amos and Albert G. Evans who, with Jacob Coy, had the village surveyed next to the Tiffin River on December 14, 1835. The "port" suffix in Evansport's name reflects the river's significance as a transportation thoroughfare. Evansport's early growth was spurred by its mills powered by the Tiffin River. The mills provided settlers with lumber for buildings and supplied flour and cornmeal for sustenance and commerce. Settlers who poured into Williams County's northern townships in the 1830s agitated debate about moving the county seat to a more centralized location. Evansport was platted as a possible site for the county seat. The Williams County seat was moved to Bryan in 1840 and in 1845 Defiance County was created, leaving Evansport on the Williams-Defiance county line.

(Side Two)
Evansport reached its peak around 1880 with a population of more than 300 residents. The town featured fine residences, Methodist Episcopal and United Brethren churches, Masonic and Odd Fellows lodges, and a variety of business including blacksmiths, coopers (barrel makers), general stores, a wagon maker and gunsmith. Bypassed by railroads and major highways, Evansport, like many 19th century rural economic centers, became a bedroom community with a rich heritage. For many years, Evansport's fire protection consisted of hastily-organized bucket brigades. Fires in 1893, 1921 and 1925 destroyed many downtown business buildings. In 1940, Evansport residents organized a fire department and purchased a used fire truck. In 2007, Tiffin Township Fire Department's small downtown firehouse was replaced by a 7,000 square-foot, $700,000 fire station at Main and Church streets. The site was formerly occupied by the Evansport School.
HM NumberHM1B25
Series This marker is part of the Ohio: Ohio Historical Society series
Marker Number5-20
Year Placed2010
Placed ByStryker Area Heritage Council, Evansport Terquasquicentennial Committee, and the Ohio Historical Society
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Wednesday, October 1st, 2014 at 9:41pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)16T E 717550 N 4589122
Decimal Degrees41.42421667, -84.39658333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 41° 25.453', W 84° 23.795'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds41° 25' 27.18" N, 84° 23' 47.70" W
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Area Code(s)419, 567
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 167-199 Church St, Defiance OH 43512, US
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