We begin here our first series, “Everything You Always Wanted To Know About,” where we dive into weeds to bring you details on the Galion area’s geographical, cultural, and scenic landmarks.

It is not the longest, or the most-traveled, highway in the state or even the region.

Along its length, however, which runs almost 35 miles along farm fields, along rivers, and through small towns, State Route 97 adds a lot to the character of this place we call home. It even boasts the birthplace of a United States President!

Here, then, is the latest post in our series looking in some depth at area places and institutions – this time, for SR97.

Exact length: 34.57 miles

Western terminus: Intersection of East Street and Harding Way East on the east side of Galion – intersects with SRs 309, 61, and 19.

Eastern terminus: Intersection with SR 3 in rural Hanover Township, Ashland County

Runs alongside: For some distance, the Clear Fork of the Mohican River; the Richalnd B & O Trail, and the headwaters of the Olentangy River

Launched: In 1923, with the original section between Lexington and Bellville. Extended eastward to SR3 in 1926/7, and westward to Galion in 1939.

Improved: Received first pavement in 1938, and was fully paved by the mid 1950s. The stretch between Bellville and Butler was re-routed in 1952-3, eliminating four dangerous curves.

Route: Through Crawford, Morrow, Richland, and Ashland Counties, and the cities/villages of Galion, Blooming Grove, Lexington, Bellville, and Butler

Historic and Natural Sites on State Route 97: Birthplace of President Warren G. Harding; Vidonish Stained Glass Studios; Ohio Genealogical Society and its Samuel Isaly Library; Bellville Bandstand (National Register of Historic Places (NRHP)); Bellville Cemetery Chapel (NRHP); All Souls Unitarian Universalist Church (NRHP); Bellville Village Hall/Opera House (NRHP); Praire Peddler area

You May Also Like

GHS Grad Publishes First Book

Galionite Sydney Miller is proud to announce the publication of her first…

Area Agency on Aging Presents Awards at Annual Meeting

The Ohio District 5 Area Agency on Aging, Inc. Annual Meeting was held on Thursday, December 1 at the Mid-Ohio Conference Center in Mansfield.

Upcoming Events At Lowe-Volk Park

Winter continues to be busy at the Crawford Park District’s Lowe-Volk Park.…

Registration Open For Run For The (Happy Little) Trees

Do you love happy little trees as much as Bob Ross did? Inspired by the artist’s love of the outdoors, Ohio is now part of the “Run for the Trees/Happy Little (Virtual) 5K” to support tree planting and forest protection efforts at Ohio State Parks.