History & Tourism

Mansfield On The Map: The Railroads Arrive

24 May , 2021  

By: 1812Blockhouse

NOTE: For previous stories in our “Mansfield on the Map” series, click on any of the following:

Mansfield on the Map: The Beginning

Mansfield on the Map: Richland County Changes Shape

Mansfield on the Map: Earlier Map, Hedges Letters Found Online

We continue our look at “Mansfield on the Map” by moving to the year 1854 and the publication of one of the first maps of Ohio to include rail lines, “Colton’s railroad & township map of the state of Ohio, drawn by George W. Colton, and engraved by J M. Atwood.”

The first completed rail line in Ohio was the Mad River and Lake Erie Railroad. Construction began in 1835 in Sandusky and was completed through Tiffin, Kenton, and Springfield by the late 1840s. More…

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History & Tourism

Mansfield On The Map: Detailed Maps And Atlases Arrive

8 Feb , 2021  

By 1812Blockhouse

This is a brand-new post in our “Mansfield on the Map” series. For previous posts, click here.

Just two years after publication of the railroad map referenced in our last post in this series, a new mapping experience arrived in Richland County.

The 1856 “Map of Richland County,” based on surveys by P. O’Byrne, provided residents with the ability to identify lot property boundaries and owners in each township. Platted communities did not have property owners identified. More…

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History & Tourism

Mansfield On The Map: Richland County Changes Shape

7 Feb , 2021  

By 1812Blockhouse

Note: In early 2017, 1812Blockhouse published posts looking at the history of Mansfield and Richland County as that history is revealed on maps – maps of the area, county, and nation.

This is Part Two of a series; Part One can be found here.

The first fifty years of Ohio statehood saw the creation of counties and establishment of county boundaries – and then a re-shuffling of those boundaries, often by taking property from one and adding it to another or to an entirely new county. More…

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History & Tourism

Mansfield On The Map: Earlier Map, Hedges Letters Found Online

7 May , 2020  

By: 1812Blockhouse Staff

Editor’s Note: In early 2017, 1812Blockhouse published posts looking at the history of Mansfield and Richland County as that history is revealed on maps – maps of the area, county, and nation. We are repeating those posts this spring and summer and adding to them with additional maps and local history. Before we continue that series, we have this update — 1812Blockhouse has discovered an online map of Ohio which may actually pre-date that referenced in the first post in our series Mansfield On The Map.

Although no date appears, it is claimed that the map which can be accessed at this location online dates from 1815, a year before the map we shared in our first post. More…

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History & Tourism

Mansfield On The Map: The Beginning

9 Mar , 2020  

Editor’s Note: In early 2017, 1812Blockhouse published posts looking at the history of Mansfield and Richland County as that history is revealed on maps – maps of the area, county, and nation. We are repeating those posts this spring and adding to them with additional maps and local history.

Students of local lore will know that the city of had its origins in June of 1808 when the Hedges, Newman, and Larwell families platted a settlement and named it for US Surveyor General Jared Mansfield. More…

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