Remarkable Ohio


Below is a complete listing of all Ohio Historical Markers. To find a detailed marker listing including text, photographs, and locations, click on a county below. Our listing is updated by the markers program as new markers are installed and older markers are reported damaged or missing.

20-43 La Salle Expedition, 1669

Side A: In search of a westward-flowing river, French explorer and trader Rene-Robert Cavelier, Sieur de La Salle (1643-1687) mounted an inland expedition from the south shore of Lake Erie at the mouth of the Grand River in the fall of 1669. Thought to be the first European to see the Ohio River, La Salle journeyed up the Grand River and portaged to a tributary of the Ohio; from there he descended as far as the falls at Louisville, Kentucky. La Salle’s explorations both expanded the fur trade and helped to consolidate French claims to the Mississippi River valley. French dominance in Ohio ended following British victory in the French and Indian War (1754-1763).
Side B: Same
Sponsors: Ohio Bicentennial Commission, The Marietta Chapter NSDAR, Lake County Historical Society, and The Ohio Historical Society
Address: 301 Huntington Beach Drive, 
Fairport Harbor, 
Location: On the east side of the cul-de-sac next to the walkway leading to the shelter
Latitude: 41.7585000
Longitude: -81.2765000