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The county seat is Kenton and is named for John Hardin, an officer in
the American Revolution.
"Although Hardin was formed from old Indian territory as early as 1820, it was not organized until January
8, 1833, previous to which it formed for judicial purposes a part of Logan County, and when Champaign was organized,
of that county. About half of the county is level and the remainder undulating, and all capable of thorough drainage.
The soil is part gravelly loam and part clayey and based on limestone and rich. Its original forests were very
heavy in timber and of the usual varieties.
Originally the deep woods of the county were singularly free from underbrush, so that the pioneers could see a
long distance between the trees. It is supposed that this arose from a habit of the Indians of annually burning
the underbrush to facilitate the capture of game. Owing to the heavy timber, the county slowly settled, so that
as late as 1840 it had but nine inhabitants to the square mile. The county, like Marion, is on the great watershed
of the State, the southern part being in the Mississippi valley and the northern part in the Lake Erie basin. Its
principal streams are the Scioto and the Blanchard, the waters of the first going into the Ohio and the other into
Lake Erie. The Blanchard, Hog Creek and the north branch of the Miami head in this county, while the Scioto heads
in Auglaize County, enters Hardin from the southwest, flows through the great Scioto marsh, first goes northeast
and then southeast by Kenton."
["Historical Collections of Ohio", vol. 1, By Henry Howe; pub.
Hardin County Court House, 1879
Ada * Alger * Dunkirk * Forest * McGuffey * Mount Victory * Patterson * Ridgeway
Blanchard * Blocktown * Dola * Foraker * Grant * Grassy Point * Hepburn * Huntersville
Jumbo * Jump * McVitty * Pfeiffer Station * Roundhead * Silver Creek * Yelverton
Blanchard * Buck * Cessna * Dudley * Goshen * Hale * Jackson * Liberty * Lynn
Marion * McDonald * Pleasant * Roundhead * Taylor Creek * Washington
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March 2018: Marriage announcements for BAUMAN-SMITH, KETTLE-WILKEN, NEU-RHODES, NEAL-VAN RIPER, KENNEY-IRWIN, ALGER-MCGUFFEY, HAYNES-LUMBARD, NEWBOLD-STANTZ, LOOMIS-DOWNING, HUMPHREY-RICH, SCHAADE-MOATS, LEEGE-SNYDER. Party news for RHODES, TURNER, CRAWFORD. Obituaries for OATES, SHERMAN, PIFER
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