Kirkersville Historical

Kirkersville Historical (HM1U7M)

Location: Etna, OH 43018 Licking County
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Country: United States of America
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N 39° 57.557', W 82° 35.775'

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The Impact of the Interurban

—The Historic National Road in Ohio —

As a small "pike" town on the National Road, Kirkersville experienced the evolution of transportation from the days of horse and wagon to the automobile. It was the advent of the interurban that not only brought another mode of transit to the community, it brought electricity. At a time when a national power grid had not yet been established, production and distribution of electric power was often a local affair. In 1902 an interurban line was built through Kirkersville. Running on steel rails coursing down the middle of Main Street (the National Road) the cars were powered by electricity supplied from overhead wires. The electricity came from generating stations specifically built to power the light rail cars. Kirkersville, as with other towns along the interurban routes, now had access to inexpensive and reliable electricity for lighting and other needs.
The interurban line only ran for 27 years, but during this time it provided dependable transportation services and convenient connections to towns and villages across Ohio and the Midwest. Eventually the growing public preference for the automobile and the availability of
electric power from other sources ended the reign of the interurbans.
HM NumberHM1U7M
Series This marker is part of the The Historic National Road series
Year Placed2010
Placed ByThe Ohio National Road Association, Inc
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Thursday, September 8th, 2016 at 9:03am PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)17S E 363660 N 4424458
Decimal Degrees39.95928333, -82.59625000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 39° 57.557', W 82° 35.775'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds39° 57' 33.42" N, 82° 35' 46.5" W
Driving DirectionsGoogle Maps
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling West
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 176-184 US-40, Etna OH 43018, US
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