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Simon Kenton Memorial
Description: This image shows the Simon Kenton Memorial in Urbana, Ohio. Simon Kenton (1755-1836) was a legendary frontiersman in Ohio and the Midwest. In 1774, he served as a scout during Lord Dunmore's War. By 1775, Kenton had moved to Boonesborough, Kentucky. For the next few years, he worked as a scout for the settlement, often coming in contact with the local Indians. During the American Revolution, Kenton participated in a number of military engagements against the British and Indians. In 1778, he joined George Rogers Clark on a difficult but successful expedition into the Illinois Country, to attack British outposts as well as Indian settlements. Kenton moved to the Zanesfield, Ohio, around 1820. During the last years of his life, Kenton lived in poverty because of land ownership disputes and mismanagement of his money.In 1836, Kenton died in Logan County near Zanesfield and was buried there. In 1865, his remains were moved to Urbana. The state of Ohio constructed a monument to mark his grave in 1884. View on Ohio Memory.
Image ID: AL06499
Subjects: American Revolutionary War, 1775-1783; American frontier; Memorials--Ohio
Places: Urbana (Ohio); Champaign County (Ohio)