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Second Capital of Ohio Historical Marker (reverse)


Location of sign - Located on the lawn of the Muskingum County Court House in Zanesville


Photo taken -  September 2007


Second Capital of Ohio Historical Marker, Ohio

Photo courtesy of Jimmy Wayne


Text of sign:


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 buildingóboth 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.


Erected by The Pioneer and Historical Society of Muskingum County, Muskingum County Commissioners, The Ohio 

Historical Society


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