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Urbana in Champaign County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Mad River and Lake Erie Railroad

 
 
Mad River and Lake Erie Railroad Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., November 9, 2008
1. Mad River and Lake Erie Railroad Marker
Inscription. Champaign County residents James [sic-Joseph] Vance (1786-1852) and John H. James (1800-1881) were among the Mad River and Lake Erie Railroad's first officers, serving as president and treasurer, respectively. Vance emerged as a leader in the War of 1812 and, in the same year, was elected to public office. In 1836, Vance resigned as president of the railroad to become the twelfth governor of Ohio. Finances for the Mad River and Lake Erie Railroad were obtained in large measure through the efforts of Urbana resident John H. James, a prominent attorney, politician, and banker. As treasurer, James managed a grant of $200,000 provided by the state with the 1832 charter and other state loans of credit. James became president of the railroad in 1836, serving in a dual capacity of president and treasurer until 1842, when James Vance again became president.
 
Erected 2007 by West Central Ohio Port Authority and The Ohio Historical Society. (Marker Number 27-11.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Ohio Historical Society / The Ohio History Connection marker series.
 
Location. 40° 6.513′ N, 83° 45.458′ W. Marker is in Urbana, Ohio, in Champaign County. Marker is at the intersection of
Joseph Vance image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., November 9, 2008
2. Joseph Vance
Miami Street (U.S. 36) and Railroad Overpass, on the right when traveling west on Miami Street. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Urbana OH 43078, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. A different marker also named Mad River and Lake Erie Railroad (within shouting distance of this marker); The Johnson Manufacturing Company (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Pennsylvania Railroad Depot (about 700 feet away); This tablet mark's the Site of Doolittle's Tavern (approx. mile away); Dayton, Springfield, and Urbana Electric Railway (approx. mile away); Champaign County Civil War Memorial (approx. 0.3 miles away); Champaign County Veterans Memorial (approx. 0.3 miles away); Harmony Lodge No. 8 Free and Accepted Masons (approx. 0.3 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Urbana.
 
Categories. Railroads & Streetcars
 
John H. James image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., November 9, 2008
3. John H. James
Mad River and Lake Erie Railroad Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., November 9, 2008
4. Mad River and Lake Erie Railroad Marker
Looking west along Miami Street.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 1,336 times since then and 25 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on , by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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