Ada in Hardin County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
Ada Passenger Depot, 1887
Pennsylvania Railroad, Southwest Division
Ada grew alongside the tracks of the Ohio & Indiana Railroad, completed in 1854 between Crestline, Crawford County, and Fort Wayne, Indiana. This line became part of the Southwest Division of the Pennsylvania Railroad in 1869. Ada's rapid growth as a college town in the 1880s prompted the railroad to build this distinctive and unique two-story Stick Style depot in 1887, departing from the railroad's standard depot plans. Larger than most small-town stations, it features a second-story telegrapher's office. For many years the station served as Ada's gateway to the outside world. One of few surviving 19th century Pennsylvania passenger stations in Ohio, the Ada depot was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1998.
Erected 2001 by Ohio Bicentennial Commission, The Longaberger Company, Village of Ada and the Ada Community Improvement Corporation, and The Ohio Historical Society. (Marker Number 16-33.)
Marker series. This marker is included in the Ohio Historical Society / The Ohio History Connection marker series.
Location. 40° 46.234′ N, 83° 49.359′ W. Marker is in Ada, Ohio, in Hardin County. Marker is at the intersection of Main Street (Ohio Route 235) and Central Avenue Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Ada OH 45810, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 7 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Ada Civil War Memorial (a few steps from this marker); Ohio Northern University (approx. 0.3 miles away); Hog-Creek Marsh (approx. 5.1 miles away); Village of McGuffey / Great 1934 Onion Strike (approx. 5.6 miles away); LaFayette - Jackson Township Civil War Memorial (approx. 6.6 miles away); USS Texas (CGN 39) (approx. 6.7 miles away); Harrod Veterans Memorial Park (approx. 6.7 miles away); 1905 Shay Engine (approx. 6.7 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Ada.
Also see . . . A Garden Grows in an Ohio Town. (Submitted on March 23, 2010, by William Fischer, Jr. of Fort Scott, Kansas.)
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