Ohio State School for the Blind

Ohio State School for the Blind (HM1RUP)

Location: Columbus, OH 43214 Franklin County
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Country: United States of America
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N 40° 4.15', W 83° 1.14'

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In 1835, Dr. William Awl of Columbus and Dr. Daniel Drake of
Cincinnati presented recommendations to the Ohio General Assembly
to establish a school for the blind. Legislation, signed by then
governor of Ohio Duncan McArthur on April 3, 1837, provided
funding to create the first state-supported residential school for
the blind in the United States. The Institution for the Education
of the Blind opened July 4, 1837, with five students. A year
later, the first permanent structure, housing 60 students, was
built on a nine-acre tract of land on the eastern edge of the
city, and that was followed in 1874 with a larger facility near
Fulton and Main streets. The school was honored and recognized
in 1937 as being one of the finest schools for the blind in the
country. In 1953, a new school for the blind was built at the
present location at 5220 North High Street.

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Marker Number60-25
Year Placed2003
Placed ByOhio Bicentennial Commission The Longaberger Company Ohio State School for the Blind Alumni Association The Ohio Historical Society
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Sunday, April 24th, 2016 at 5:01pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)17T E 327826 N 4437387
Decimal Degrees40.06916667, -83.01900000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 40° 4.15', W 83° 1.14'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds40° 4' 9" N, 83° 1' 8.4" W
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Area Code(s)614
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 5300 N High St, Columbus OH 43214, US
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