Clifton Gorge

Clifton Gorge (HM827)

Location: Yellow Springs, OH 45387 Greene County
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Country: United States of America
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N 39° 47.959', W 83° 49.969'

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A Feature of Ohio's Glacial Past

Clifton Gorge is a classic example of a canyon cut into dolomite and shale bedrock that dates to the Silurian Period 400 million years ago. Created by meltwater released from the retreating continental glacier some 15,000 years ago, the cool, moist gorge has maintained a diversity of native plants, such as the red baneberry bush, that are now rare elsewhere in Ohio. The Little Miami River powered grist and cotton mills, paper factories, and breweries in the gorge during the nineteenth century. In 1973 the upper gorge became a state nature preserve.
HM NumberHM827
Series This marker is part of the Ohio: Ohio Historical Society series
Marker Number7-29
Year Placed2003
Placed ByThe Ohio Bicentennial Comission, Ohio Department of Natural Resources, The International Paper Company Foundation, and The Ohio Historical Society
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Date Added Saturday, October 25th, 2014 at 5:19am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)17S E 257467 N 4409323
Decimal Degrees39.79931667, -83.83281667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 39° 47.959', W 83° 49.969'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds39° 47' 57.54" N, 83° 49' 58.14" W
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Area Code(s)937
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 2381 OH-343, Yellow Springs OH 45387, US
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