Sylvania in Lucas County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
Centennial Terrace and Quarry / Fossil Park
In 1931, the France Stone Company ceased operations. Robert Burge leased 19 acres of the site for recreational swimming and opened Centennial Quarry in 1934. Five years later, Burge and associates opened Centennial Terrace, whose centerpiece was "Dancing Under the Stars," an outdoor, 10,000 square-foot Terrazzo dance floor. Centennial Terrace was a regular stop for many big bands of the 1940s and '50s. In 1969, the complex was donated to Lucas County and local band leaders kept the people dancing from 1971 to 1993. In 1994, the City of Sylvania leased the facility and renovated and reopened the quarry. The Sylvania Area Joint Recreation District purchased the complex in 2007 and made further improvements to insure that Centennial Terrace and Quarry remains a popular recreation destination.
Fossil Park opened on September 22, 2001, the result of a partnership by the City of Sylvania, Hanson Aggregates Midwest, Inc. and The Olander Park System. The park is where families and amateur and professional paleontologists alike can sift through silica shale formed under an ancient salt sea for fossils of the Devonian Era (359 to 416 million years ago). The quarries
Erected 2012 by Sylvania Area Joint Recreation District, City of Sylvania, Fossil Friends, The Olander Park System, Ohio Historical Society. (Marker Number 62-48.)
Marker series. This marker is included in the Ohio Historical Society / The Ohio History Connection marker series.
Location. 41° 42.947′ N, 83° 44.645′ W. Marker is in Sylvania, Ohio, in Lucas County. Marker is on Centennial Road south of Sylvania-Metamora Road, on the left when traveling north. Click for map. This marker is located on a traffic island between two driveway entrances, along the west side of the roadway. Marker is at or near this postal address: 5773 Centennial Road, Sylvania OH 43560, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Hindu Temple and Heritage Hall (approx. 1.9 miles away); Erie and Kalamazoo Railroad (approx. 2 miles away); Toledo and Western Railway Company (approx. 2.1 miles away); The Harroun Family Barn Erie and Kalamazoo Railroad (approx. 3.3 miles away in Michigan); Birthplace of Alexander Drabik (approx. 4 miles away); Roger T. Durbin (approx. 4.6 miles away); The Old Territorial Road (approx. 4.9 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Sylvania.
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