By 1812Blockhouse

On Saturday, we shared a set of questions focusing on the geography of Richland County (you can read that post here). Here are the answers to those questions.

Geography is one area where sources may differ. If you have an answer that differs from ours, and have proof that you are correct, please send it along to: [email protected] and we’ll include it in our answer sheet.

How many townships does Richland County have?

  • Richland County has 18 townships.

Of those townships, how many share names with surnames of Presidents of the United States?

  • Of current Richland County townships, 5 share names with surnames of US Presidents – Jackson, Jefferson, Madison, Monroe, and Washington

How many incorporated cities (not villages) lie wholly or partly within Richland County

  • There are 4 cities that have corporation limits that lie wholly or partly within Richland County – Mansfield, Ontario, Shelby, and Galion

How many counties in Ohio have a point with higher elevation than the highest point in Richland County?

  • Only 1 Ohio county has a location that has a higher elevation than the highest place in Richland County.

Where is that highest point in Richland County?

  • Just off Lexington-Ontario Road at Apple Hill Orchards in Springfield Township

Which of these represents the total land area in Richland County?

  • The correct answer is: 498 square miles

The original shape of Richland County included portions of how many current Ohio counties?

  • There are 4 current Ohio counties whose boundaries once included what is now Richland County.

How many river systems are represented in Richland County? What are they?

  • Watersheds are delineated differently according to the entity making the distinction. According to the Richland Soil & Water Conservation District, there are 8: Huron, Sandusky, Upper Vermilion, Rocky Fork, Black Fork, Upper Kokosing, and Upper Olentangy. Each of these 8 actually start here. Some of these could be considered part of larger systems, with the possible list therefore being: Huron, Sandusky, Scioto, Walhonding, and Mohican.

How far is it from any border of Richland County to the birthplace of a United States President?

  • The correct answer is: Less than 1 mile. The birthplace of US President Warren G. Harding is in the hamlet of Blooming Grove in Morrow County – and it sits only about 1,000 feet away from the Richland County line.

If you could completely empty Charles Mill Lake, how many Clearfork Reservoirs could be emptied into it?

  • This could be considered a “trick question,” in that the size of the bodies of water – particularly Charles Mill Lake – can fluctuate depending on several factors and on which resource one uses. Considering that Clearfork Reservoir has a stated size of either 971 or 997 acres, however, and that Charles Mill Lake can range from 1,350 to 6,050 acres, the answer could be as high as 6. The average depth of Clearfork, however (24 feet) averages between 20 and 40 feet. If you answered with anything between 2 and 8, therefore, count your answer as correct!

What is 3,073 miles long and can be found in Richland County?

  • US Route 30 (or the Lincoln Highway)

Which two state capital cities are within 10 miles of being exactly the same distance from Mansfield? Which third capital city is less than 20 miles further?

  • The two state capitals are Lansing and Charleston. Indianapolis is just a bit further away.

If you were to draw an east-west line across the United States that passes through Mansfield, which two state capital cities would it pass through?

  • Salt Lake City and Lincoln

Which of the following is how Mansfield described in the 1890s by a sports writer?

a. ” A spit of a place, nothing more than quicksand in the middle of terrain devoid of civilization.”

b. “Much better than expected. Its streets are covered in mud, but at least there was no noticeable smell. Nothing to suggest that it could produce a decent squad, other than the money that is undoubtedly spent luring farm boys off the farm.”

c. “The deadest of dead towns, strewed with stinking corpses, where never a breath of fresh air stirs, and the green scum of creation is inches deep around the roots of the moss that grows on the backs of its inhabitants.”

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