Mohican State Forest is located between Columbus and Cleveland, and has over 4500 acres of wilderness to explore. State Route 97 passes through the area, and here you will find a stone shrine erected to honor the Ohioans who died fighting for freedom. The Mohican Memorial Shrine was built in 1947 by funds raised by more than sixty thousand Women’s Clubs members from across the state.
They required that all materials and companies involved in the construction of the shrine be native to Ohio. The sandstone blocks to construct the walls were quarried nearby. The timber for the roof came from trees grown in the surrounding forest. Roof tiles were manufactured in New Lexington and floor tiles in Zanesville. An art glass studio in Columbus created the stained glass windows that adorn the walls of the shrine. They depict scenes of buckeye trees and cardinals, which is Ohio’s state bird.
A book with over twenty thousand handwritten names sits on an altar under glass. It lists the names of all the Ohioans who were killed in World War II, the Korean War, the Vietnam War, the Persian Gulf War, and the Afghanistan and Iraq operations.
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