NEWARK

THE SQUARE

A few blocks away lies a fragment of Newark’s ancient earthen square, the Wright Earthworks, at Grant St. near James, viewable from James St. (accessible via 21st Street; drive around the Great Circle and head north).

The Square was originally about the size of nine city blocks. Eight small mounds inside its gateways emphasized its geometric precision. Much of the square and the surrounding lines were destroyed, some as early as the 1820s, when the Ohio Canal was cut through here. Less than 20 years later, Squier and Davis reported:

The ancient lines can now be traced only at intervals, among gardens and outhouses... A few years hence, the residents upon this spot will be compelled to resort to this map, to ascertain the character of the works which occupied the very ground upon which they stand

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