The Cranberry Prairie

The Cranberry Prairie (HM1S2F)

Location: Saint Henry, OH 45883 Mercer County
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Country: United States of America
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N 40° 23.551', W 84° 34.931'

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A Geological Feature of Western Ohio

The Cranberry Prairie, southwest of this marker, is a part of Ohio's
natural history. The place was named for the cranberries that
grew in a swamp here prior to drainage of the area. The
Cranberry Prairie was created by centuries of peat accumulation
in a late Ice Age lake that formed at the base of St. John's
Moraine. Paleo-Indian or Early Archaic peoples probably killed
the elk whose skeleton was dug up here in 1981. This elk was
dated at approximately 7400 B.C.
By the 1860s, immigrant German farmers had begun transforming
the swamp into fertile farmland. "Wild Bill" Simison, a legendary
inhabitant, lived in the swamp and settlers respected him for his
knowledge of the area. By the turn of the nineteenth century,
Granville Township School #7, St. Francis Catholic Church, and
Bertke's Store stood at the edge of the Cranberry Prairie.
HM NumberHM1S2F
Marker Number1- 54
Year Placed1999
Placed ByOhio Bicentennial Commission The Longaberger Company St. Francis Catholic Church The Ohio Historical Society
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Thursday, May 5th, 2016 at 9:02am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)16T E 705207 N 4474130
Decimal Degrees40.39251667, -84.58218333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 40° 23.551', W 84° 34.931'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds40° 23' 33.06" N, 84° 34' 55.86" W
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Area Code(s)419
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 5727-5731 Fort Recovery-Minster Rd, Saint Henry OH 45883, US
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