Remarkable Ohio


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14-45 John Sparks Trail Blazer and Frontiersman

Side A: As a private in the infantry of the 1st United States Regiment, and during the years 1805 to 1807, John Sparks (1758-1846) acted as guide, scout, and hunter for the two expeditions of Zebulon Pike, which helped to open up largely unknown areas in the headwaters of the Mississippi River and also in the far Southwest to the increasing westward expansion of the United States. Sparks spent his later years living on the north banks of the Licking River, and was often seen walking barefoot around Newark. He died on February 28, 1846, and was buried in this cemetery.
Side B: Same
Sponsors: Newark Bicentennial Commission and The Ohio Historical Society
Address: Mount Vernon Road, 
Location: The Hollar Cemetery at the intersection of Mt. Vernon Road and Gregory Drive
Latitude: 40.1052480
Longitude: -82.4259610