Historic salt springs marked in Weathersfield

WEATHERSFIELD — Wanting to highlight the natural salt spring on Salt Springs Road, the Mineral Ridge Historical Society has dedicated an Ohio History Connection historical marker at Kerr Cemetery.

Marcie Buchanan, president of the society, said the salt spring was located about a mile west of the cemetery.

“Anyone who reads about our local history will hear of the famous salt spring,” she said.

Buchanan said it is not an easy task to get a historical marker, but the society was able to get two. She said resident Don Moler began the effort years ago, and Buchanan and other historical society members finished it.

“It takes a lot of time. Don was the inspiration behind getting the markers,” Buchanan said.

The other marker was placed at that township park on Main Street. It focuses on the black ore in the area that made Mineral Ridge famous.

Alex Hastie of the Ohio History Connection in Columbus said the historical society was among 10 of the 23 applicants to receive a $750 grant to help pay for the marker, which explains the salt spring.

“One hundred years from now, people will see and read this marker. This is another historic site in northeast Ohio,” Hastie said.

Author Mark Cervello, who wrote the book “Cradle of the Western Reserve: History of the Salt Spring,” said he is thrilled to see the marker placed at the cemetery.

“It is hard to believe this area used to be a hot spot of the Western Reserve. What made it so hot was salt was so important in pioneer days. Salt was a necessity in life in pioneer days,” Cervello said.

Salt was needed for preserving food, to clean brass, as ceramic glaze and for medicinal purposes, he said.

“When the Western Reserve was here, there was a road that led from Salt Springs to Warren. That was how significant it was,” he said.

Bob Smith of the Trumbull County Historical Society said the marker “was a long time coming.”

“There are many people who do not know the spring was here,” he said.