The Railroad in Logan County

The Railroad in Logan County (HM1GTM)

Location: Bellefontaine, OH 43311 Logan County
Country: United States of America

N 40° 21.708', W 83° 45.792'

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Railroad YMCA

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The Railroad in Logan County
Bellefontaine was a railroad town from the 1890 to the 1950. The
city was the site of one of the largest roundhouses and repair
centers on the Big Four/ New York Central Lines and trains stopped
here to have steam engines serviced and to switch crews. Up to
ninety freight trains and over forty passenger trains came to
Bellefontaine each day. The railroad was a major employer in Logan
County. Over two hundred employees worked at the roundhouse and
shops at any one time and many others were members of the train
crews, Bellefontaine importance as a railroad center waned in the
1960 with the increased use of diesel engines, newer technology
and other modes of transportation. Yet, the railroad and it workers
left an indelible.mark on the history of Bellefontaine.



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Railroad YMCA
Bellefontaine significance as a railroad town brought many railroad
workers to the area. The workers who did not live here needed
a place to stay and eat while they waited for their next shifts.
In 1901 the Big Four Railroad opened the first YMCA in Bellefontaine
and in 1923 built a larger building at this site to house and
feed it transitory employees. The building contained forty- nine
small bedrooms, a restaurant, and a special center for rail-
roaders. Nearly 8,000 workers used the Railroad YMCA each year?
It was a second home for many and a symbol of Bellefontaine
as a railroad town. The building was razed in 2009.
Details
HM NumberHM1GTM
Series This marker is part of the Ohio: Ohio Historical Society series
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Marker NumberS 12-46
Year Placed2010
Placed ByLevi W. Lile & Nancy Nicholl Lile The Ohio Historical Society.
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Tuesday, September 23rd, 2014 at 8:35pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)17T E 265368 N 4471580
Decimal Degrees40.36180000, -83.76320000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 40° 21.708', W 83° 45.792'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds40° 21' 42.48" N, 83° 45' 47.52" W
Driving DirectionsGoogle Maps
Area Code(s)937
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling North
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 100-114 N Elm St, Bellefontaine OH 43311, US
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