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  • 13-62 Island Cemetery 13-62 Island Cemetery
  • 13-62 Marker in park with main drag in background 13-62 Marker in park with main drag in background
  • 13-62 Some shade on a sunny day 13-62 Some shade on a sunny day
  • 13-62 Main drag in background 13-62 Main drag in background
  • 13-62 Blue water from this fountain 13-62 Blue water from this fountain
  • 13-62 Dock in background 13-62 Dock in background
  • 13-62 Marker - Courtsey of Claire Reynolds 13-62 Marker - Courtsey of Claire Reynolds
  • 13-62 Marker 13-62 Marker
  • 13-62 Joseph De Rivera St. Jurgo (South Bass Island) 13-62 Joseph De Rivera St. Jurgo (South Bass Island)
  • 13-62 Joseph De Rivera St. Jurgo 13-62 Joseph De Rivera St. Jurgo
Title, side A
Joseph De Rivera St. Jurgo, 1813-1889
Text, side A
Entrepreneur and philanthropist Joseph (Jose) de Rivera was born in Barcelona, Spain, and built an import business in New York City. In 1854, he bought six Lake Erie Islands and had South Bass Island surveyed and subdivided into ten-acre lots. De Rivera traveled between New York and South Bass Island, initially turning Put-in-Bay into a sheep farm. He encouraged settlement on the island and its wine industry by helping German immigrants purchase land to plant vineyards. He donated five acres for this waterfront park, the site for the first school, and the land for the first church. To promote travel to the island, de Rivera opened the island's largest cave as a tourist attraction. He is buried in the island's cemetery, which is on land he donated for that purpose.
Address
2 Bayview Avenue
Put-in-Bay, OH 43456
Location
De Rivera Park, 2 Bayview Ave.
Coordinates
Latitude: 41.653643, Longitude: -82.816592.
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