Toledo in Lucas County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
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The Toledo Blade is the city's oldest continuing business. The newspaper was first published on December 19, 1835, during the Ohio-Michigan boundary dispute known as the "Toledo War." The name is derived from that conflict and the famous swords of Toledo, Spain. A copy of the first edition and two gift swords from that Spanish city are displayed inside the Blade Building.
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David Ross Locke, editor (1865-1888), made The Blade nationally known. Using the pseudonym, Petroleum V. Nasby, Locke gained fame for his satirical Nasby Letters and advocacy of social reforms.
On May 1, 1927, President Coolidge assisted Paul Block, Blade publisher (1926-1941), by touching a gold key at the White House to officially start the presses at this location.
The Ohio Historical Society.
Erected 1987 by Toledo Sesquicentennial Commission and The Ohio Historical Society. (Marker Number 19-48.)
Topics and series. This historical marker is Communications • Industry & Commerce. In addition, it is included in the Former U.S. Presidents: #30 Calvin Coolidge, and the Ohio Historical Society / The Ohio History Connection series lists.
Location. 41° 39.299′ N, 83° 32′ W. Marker is in Toledo, Ohio, in Lucas County. Marker is on North Superior Street 0.1 miles north of Jackson Street, on the left when traveling north. Marker is located beside the sidewalk, near the southeast corner of the Toledo Blade building, between the building and the associated parking lot. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 541 North Superior Street, Toledo OH 43660, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Engine House Number One / Neptune Engine No. 1 (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Toledo (about 400 feet away); Spanish American War Memorial (approx. 0.2 miles away); Lucas County (approx. 0.2 miles away); War Savings Stamps (approx. 0.2 miles away); a different marker also named Lucas County (approx. 0.2 miles away); William McKinley MonumentToledo’s Canals (approx. ¼ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Toledo.
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1. David Ross Locke. David Ross Locke was an American journalist and early political commentator during and after the American Civil War. During the war, he edited and wrote for the Toledo Blade in Toledo, Ohio, which he purchased in 1867. Locke's fictional alter ego, Nasby, loudly championed the cause of the Confederate States of America from Secession onward, but did little to actively help it. They were consciously intended to rally support for the Union cause; "Nasby" himself was portrayed as a thoroughly detestable character. Abraham Lincoln loved the Nasby Letters, and quoted them frequently. He is quoted as saying, "I intend to tell him if he will communicate his talent to me, I will swap places with him!" (Submitted on August 12, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
2. The Toledo War: When Michigan and Ohio Nearly Came to Blows. The so-called “Toledo War” had its roots in the shortcomings of 18th century geography. In 1787, Congress drafted the Northwest Ordinance, which stipulated that 260,000 square miles of territory surrounding the Great Lakes would eventually (Submitted on August 12, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
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