Place:Kelleys Island, Erie, Ohio, United States

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NameKelleys Island
Alt namesKelly Townsource: USGS, GNIS Digital Gazetteer (1994) GNIS39009483
Kellys Islandsource: USGS, GNIS Digital Gazetteer (1994) GNIS39009483
TypeVillage
Coordinates41.601°N 82.697°W
Located inErie, Ohio, United States
source: Getty Thesaurus of Geographic Names
source: Family History Library Catalog


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Kelleys Island is both a village in Erie County, Ohio, United States, and the island which it fully occupies in Lake Erie. Originally known as Island Number 6 and later Cunningham Island, it was renamed in 1840 for brothers Datus and Irad Kelley, who were largely responsible for cultivatating the island's quarrying, logging and winemaking industries.[1]

Originally inhabited by Native Americans, Kelleys Island was used by the US Military as a rendezvous post during The War of 1812. During the early 19th century, several different groups made ill-fated attempts to harvest the island's limestone and lumber resources; none were successful until the Kelley brothers made their attempt in the 1830s. The population was 312 at the 2010 census.

Today, Kelleys Island is primarily a vacation destination, and sees thousands of visitors each summer. Notable attractions include its various beaches, parks, and campgrounds. Several ferries provide regular transport for most travelers; the island also features a number of marinas, as well as a small airfield for private planes. It is the largest of the American Lake Erie Islands, and is a part of the Sandusky, Ohio Metropolitan Statistical Area.

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