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Sylvania in Lucas County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Toledo and Western Railway Company

 

—Ohio Historical Marker —

 
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By Dale K. Benington, May 20, 2016
1. Toledo and Western Railway Company Marker
Close up view of side A of the marker.
Inscription.
Side A

Toledo and Western Railway Company


Sylvania was once the headquarters for the Toledo and Western Railway, an electric interurban line that provided service between Toledo and Pioneer with a branch line to Adrian, Michigan. Construction began here in 1900 with planning and specifications set to steam railroad standards. With completion of rails, a powerhouse, maintenance facilities, and offices, the Toledo and Western Railway Company was soon in the business of providing freight and passenger service and was especially competitive as it owned more freight engines than most interurban lines. Operating an electric interurban line also meant that the company had the ability to provide electricity to people living in Sylvania and to other communities and property owners living along the line's right-of-way. Besides freight, passengers, and electricity, Toledo and Western also provided postal service, one of the first interurban lines to do so.
[continued on other side]

Side B

Toledo and Western Railway Company


[continued from other side]
Interurban lines, such as the Toledo and Western Railway Company, were an important means of transportation for all people
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By Dale K. Benington, May 20, 2016
2. Toledo and Western Railway Company Marker
Close up view of side B of the marker.
in the early twentieth century. However they were especially vital to rural residents as they offered them the opportunity to enjoy the cultural, educational, and economic advantages of nearby urban centers like Toledo. All this was not to last however. Like the canal era that ended with the coming of railroads and interurban lines, the railways were doomed by improved roads and increasing use of cars, trucks, and buses. The Great Depression of the 1930s that brought loss of freight business further eroded the profitability of the interurban lines. For the Toledo and Western Railway Company, freight business declined, passenger service ended in 1932, and the company was totally abandoned in 1935.
 
Erected 2008 by City of Sylvania and The Ohio Historical Society. (Marker Number 54-48.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Ohio Historical Society / The Ohio History Connection marker series.
 
Location. 41° 42.865′ N, 83° 42.192′ W. Marker is in Sylvania, Ohio, in Lucas County. Marker is on South Main Street south of Monroe Street, on the right when traveling north. Click for map. This marker faces the west side of the roadway, and is located on a very narrow strip of landscaping, situated between the sidewalk and the
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By Dale K. Benington, May 20, 2016
3. Toledo and Western Railway Company Marker
View of the marker, looking south along South Main Street, with a view of the nearby bridge over the Ottawa River.
Sautter's Food Center's parking lot, very near the bridge that spans the Ottawa River. Marker is at or near this postal address: 5505 South Main Street, Sylvania OH 43560, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 7 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Erie and Kalamazoo Railroad (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Harroun Family Barn (approx. half a mile away); Hindu Temple and Heritage Hall (approx. 1.7 miles away); Centennial Terrace and Quarry / Fossil Park (approx. 2.1 miles away); a different marker also named Erie and Kalamazoo Railroad (approx. 4.2 miles away in Michigan); Birthplace of Alexander Drabik (approx. 4.9 miles away); The Oak Openings Regions (approx. 6.2 miles away); Roger T. Durbin (approx. 6.7 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Sylvania.
 
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By Dale K. Benington, May 20, 2016
4. Toledo and Western Railway Company Marker
View of the marker, looking north along South Main Street.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio. This page has been viewed 159 times since then and 3 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on , by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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