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Muskingum County Courthouse And Jail - Zanesville, Ohio
Posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member FamilyTrees
N 39° 56.418 W 082° 00.444
17S E 413933 N 4421616
Quick Description: Muskingum County Courthouse, built in 1874 on the site of the second capitol of Ohio
Location: Ohio, United States
Date Posted: 7/12/2008 2:25:28 PM
Waymark Code: WM45ZA
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member S5280ft
Views: 139

Long Description:
From the Ohio Historical Marker in front:

In 1809 the citizens of Zanesville erected a building on this site which served as the capitol of Ohio from October 1, 1810, until May 1, 1812. The 9th and 10th sessions of the Ohio General Assembly met here before returning to Chillicothe in May 1812. The building was then used as the Muskingum County Courthouse until the present courthouse was built in 1874. The 1809 date stone from the old building was incorporated into the new building and may be seen over the front steps.

In 1809 both Zanesville and Putnam (then a separate town across the Muskingum River) vied to become the capital city of Ohio. Zanesville erected a new county courthouse and Putnam erected a new school building - both towns hoping that the state legislature would find their building suitable for the state house. When the legislature settled on Zanesville, the Putnam building, known as the Stone Academy, was used as a school and as a meeting place. The Ohio Anti-Slavery Convention was held there in 1835.

NOTE: The NRHP lists the architects of this Italiante style building as T. B. Townsend and H. E. Myer.

Street address:
410 Main Street
Zanesville, OH United States
43701


County / Borough / Parish: Muskingum County

Year listed: 1973

Historic (Areas of) Significance: Architecture/Engineering

Periods of significance: 1850-1874, 1875-1899

Historic function: Government

Current function: Government

Privately owned?: no

Primary Web Site: [Web Link]

Season start / Season finish: Not listed

Hours of operation: Not listed

Secondary Website 1: Not listed

Secondary Website 2: Not listed

National Historic Landmark Link: Not listed

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