The Great Seal of the State of Ohio

The Great Seal of the State of Ohio (HMJ2A)

Location: Chillicothe, OH 45601 Ross County
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Country: United States of America
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N 39° 23.8', W 82° 56.314'

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Side A:
The hills before you were inspiration for the design of The Great Seal of the State of Ohio. The seal, first depicted in 1803, was often reconfigured until the present image was sanctioned by the Ohio General Assembly in 1967 and modified in 1996. In 1803 the law prescribed the sheaf of wheat to represent Ohio's agricultural roots and the bundle of seventeen arrows to symbolize Ohio's place as the seventeenth state in the Union. In the background is a range of hills, including Mount Logan, as viewed from Thomas Worthington's estate, Adena, now a state memorial.
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The sun's thirteen rays represent the thirteen original colonies. The Scioto River flows between the hills and the cultivated fields in the foreground.

Tradition attributes the design to the cooperative vision of Thomas Worthington, the first U.S. Senator and "Father of Ohio Statehood," Edward Tiffin, Ohio's first governor, and William Creighton, Ohio's first secretary of state. After an all-night meeting at Adena, they viewed the sun rising over Mount Logan and chose the scene for the state seal. Much of the land illustrated in the Great Seal of the State of Ohio now comprises Great Seal State Park.
HM NumberHMJ2A
Series This marker is part of the Ohio: Ohio Historical Society series
Marker Number15-71
Year Placed2003
Placed ByGreat Seal State Park, Ross County Historical Society, Chillicothe and Ross County 2003 Commission, and The Ohio Historical Society
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Monday, September 15th, 2014 at 7:36pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)17S E 333071 N 4362589
Decimal Degrees39.39666667, -82.93856667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 39° 23.8', W 82° 56.314'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds39° 23' 48.00" N, 82° 56' 18.84" W
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Area Code(s)740
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 729 N 28, Chillicothe OH 45601, US
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