Take a trip along the Ohio trail

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COLUMBUS – Did you know that George Washington had personal claim to 23,000 acres in Ohio that he never acted on?

Or that Ohio’s Statehouse is located on land donated to Canadian refugees who supported the colonies during the American Revolution?

Or, that Ohio and Michigan nearly warred with each other over a boundary dispute? These are just a few of the unique historical facts that can be found in, Along the Ohio Trail: A Short History of Ohio Lands.

New book. Auditor of State Jim Petro, who is custodian of state-owned land records, land grants, subdivisions and land surveys, is proud to introduce a new version of the most-requested document of his office. The new book, available in hard copy or at www.auditor.state.oh.us is designed to be more user friendly, especially for younger readers.

In “Along the Ohio Trail: A Short History of Ohio Lands,” a frontier child named Simon guides readers through the development of Ohio with colorful pictures and maps obtained from organizations such as the Ohio Historical Society.

Aimed at the fourth grade level, the newly designed version was researched and written by experts, and edited by Dr. George W. Knepper, professor emeritus of history at the University of Akron.

The auditor of state’s office has long produced the publication which is widely used by teachers, genealogists and historians.

For copies or more information about “Along the Ohio Trail: A Short History of Ohio Lands,” call 800-282-0370, or send e-mail to Ohiotrail@auditor.state.oh.us.

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