Wapakoneta in Auglaize County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
Dayton and Michigan Railroad
The Dayton and Michigan Railroad provided the single most important impetus to the growth and development of Wapakoneta. Although Wapakoneta had been platted in 1833, at the time of incorporation (1848), "the town was still without any material improvement worth the name of enterprise, save in the erection of residences and opening of small retail stores and shops." On March 15, 1854, in its first ordinance, the village council of Wapakoneta voted unanimously to grant a right-of-way to the Dayton and Michigan Railroad Company to construct a railroad line through the community. The financial backers of the railroad ran short of funds during construction, and planned to end the line at Sidney, but local leaders raised $70,000 to ensure its extension.
The Dayton and Michigan Railroad began operation in 1858, giving the people of Wapakoneta "their first railway connection with the outer world." It was the first railroad in Auglaize County and the first north-south line in western Ohio. With a route stretching from Lake Erie to the Ohio River, the railroad allowed local farmers and industrialists to ship their products and goods throughout
Erected 2007 by Wapakoneta 175th Anniversary Committee, CSX, and The Ohio Historical Society. (Marker Number 5-6.)
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Agriculture • Industry & Commerce • Railroads & Streetcars • Settlements & Settlers. In addition, it is included in the Ohio Historical Society / The Ohio History Connection series list. A significant historical month for this entry is March 1812.
Location. 40° 34.228′ N, 84° 11.472′ W. Marker is in Wapakoneta, Ohio, in Auglaize County. Marker is at the intersection of Auglaize Street and Broadway, on the right when traveling east on Auglaize Street. Marker located next to railroad track crossing of Auglaize Street. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Wapakoneta OH 45895, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within Wapakoneta Heritage Parkway (about 700 feet away, measured in a direct line); Five Fun Facts About Neil Armstrong & Wapakoneta (about 800 feet away); Wapakoneta All Wars Memorial (approx. 0.2 miles away); Congressional Medal of Honor Recipients (approx. 0.2 miles away); United States of America Congressional Medal Of Honor Recipents (approx. 0.2 miles away); Auglaize County Veterans Memorial (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Charles F. Herbst Building (1905) (approx. 0.2 miles away); 1874 Casper Rhine Boots And Shoe Store (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Wapakoneta.
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