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72 Ohio Arch

72       Ohio Arch. and His. Society Publications.






SEPTEMBER 15, 1897.


We are engaged to-day in celebrating an event of a hundred

years ago which was then apparently unimportant, but which has

led on to great and permanent results. A hundred years ago a

few intelligent and determined white men settled here in the then

unbroken wilderness, which settlement soon became and has

ever since remained the center of a far-pervading salutary influ-

ence. It was one of the important and permanent steps toward

reducing to cultivation and civilization the great wilderness of

the Northwest, of which Ohio was a part. When we look abroad

and behold the wondrous transformation which has taken place

since Lucas Sullivant and his few associates built their cabins

near this spot, our minds are filled with amazement at the results,

and our hearts with thankfulness and gratitude to Him who has

so wisely guided and bounteously blest us as a community and

a people. This event was the beginning of the settlement of

Central Ohio and the foundation of the present City of Columbus,

which now embraces the town of Franklinton. If there had been

no Franklinton there would have been no Columbus; and so

those few rude cabins have within a hundred years developed into

a great and properous city with its trade and commerce and

thousands of happy homes.

The celebration of this event will be of ever increasing in-

terest as the centuries go by. It marked a new and most im-

portant era in the history of Ohio and particularly in that of

Franklin and adjoining counties. It was but eleven years be-

fore the settlement of Franklinton that so intelligent a states-

man as James Monroe, after a visit to the then wilderness of

Ohio for the purpose of informing himself as accurately as pos-

sible as to the character and condition of the Northwest terri-

tory, wrote to Thomas Jefferson as follows:

"A great part of the territory is miserably poor, especially

that near Lakes Michigan and Erie; and that upon the Missis-