“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Vermilion in Erie County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)

Lake Shore Electric Railway

Lake Shore Electric Railway Marker image. Click for full size.
By Richard N. Tarrant
1. Lake Shore Electric Railway Marker
Inscription. At this site the Lake Shore Electric Railway crossed a bridge that spanned the Vermilion River. The western abutment of the former bridge is plainly visible just below along the river bank. Widely known as the "Greatest Electric Railway" in the United States," the flaming orange trolley cars of the Lake Shore Electric Railway transported people and freight for thirty-seven years (1901-1938) along the southern Lake Erie shores from Cleveland to Toledo often reaching speeds of sixty miles per hour. The interurban line played a primary role in the development of the western Cleveland suburbs and also carried throngs of summer visitors to Lake Erie recreation facilities at Avon Beach Park, Linwood Park, Crystal Beach, Mitiwanga, Ruggles Grove, Rye Beach, and Cedar Point. The power lines still standing along the system's right-of-way attest to the fact that it also assisted in bring electric power to the entire region
Erected 2006 by Vermilion Area Archival Society and The Ohio Historical Society. (Marker Number 25 - 22.)
Marker series. This marker is included in the Ohio Historical Society / The Ohio History Connection marker series.
Location. 41° 25.285′ N, 82° 21.485′ W. Marker is in Vermilion, Ohio, in Erie County. Marker is on West River Road 0.2 miles south of Liberty Avenue (U.S. 6). Click for map. Marker is located beneath a landmark water-tower in Rotary Park. Marker is in this post office area: Vermilion OH 44089, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 11 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Lester Allan Pelton (approx. 2.7 miles away); Sandstone Center of the World (approx. 7 miles away); Helen Steiner Rice (approx. 8.7 miles away); The Lorain Tornado, 1924 (approx. 10 miles away); Founding of Lorain, Ohio (approx. 10 miles away); Trading Post (approx. 10 miles away); Shipbuilding (approx. 10.3 miles away); The Wright House and the Underground Railroad/Old Main Street (approx. 10.3 miles away).
More about this marker. The abutment of an old interurban bridge is visible just along the river below the marker. The abutment of an old highway bridge is visible just across the river from the marker. And the current highway bridge is visible from the park in which the marker stands.
Also see . . .
1. Vermilion Views. Page offers photos and stories pertaining to the history of Vermilion, Ohio, as well as additional historical links to the same. This page changes weekly. (Submitted on August 18, 2010, by Richard N. Tarrant of Vermilion, Ohio.) 

2. The Lake Shore Electric Railway. Wikipedia article on the Lake Shore Electric Railway. (Submitted on August 19, 2010.) 
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Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Richard N. Tarrant of Vermilion, Ohio. This page has been viewed 907 times since then and 58 times this year. Photo   1. submitted on , by Richard N. Tarrant of Vermilion, Ohio. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
Editor’s want-list for this marker. Wide area view of the marker and its surroundings. • Photo of the abutment of the former bridge. • Photo of power lines still visible. • Can you help?
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