Huron in Erie County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
Old Meeker Farm / Old Homestead-on-the-Lake
Old Homestead-on-the-Lake was established on August 7, 1927 when the Old Homestead Beach Association was granted ownership of Harbor View Beach, Mansell Beach, tennis courts, and two parks from R. A. Breckenridge, trustee for owner Metta Breckenridge. The former lake front farm area, noted for having one of the finest beaches on
Erected 2006 by Huron Historical Society, Old Homestead Beach Association and The Ohio Historical Society. (Marker Number 26-22.)
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Agriculture • Parks & Recreational Areas • Political Subdivisions • Settlements & Settlers. In addition, it is included in the Ohio Historical Society / The Ohio History Connection series list. A significant historical date for this entry is August 7, 1927.
Location. 41° 23.344′ N, 82° 32.49′ W. Marker is in Huron, Ohio, in Erie County. Marker is on Ottawa Road (U.S. 6) east of Berlin Road, on the right when traveling west. It can be reached from the corner of Ottawa Road and Tecumseh Place. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Huron OH 44839, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Legacy of the Huron Docks (approx. ¾ mile away); a different marker also named The Legacy of the Huron Docks (approx. ¾ mile away); John Baptiste FlemmondThe Wright House and the Underground Railroad/Old Main Street (approx. ¾ mile away); The War of 1812 (approx. ¾ mile away); a different marker also named Legacy of the Huron Docks (approx. ¾ mile away); Huron Lighthouses / Huron’s Maritime History (approx. ¾ mile away); a different marker also named Legacy of the Huron Docks (approx. 0.8 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Huron.
1. The Lake Shore Electric Railway Company
At the beginning of the 20th century, the Lake Shore Electric operated fast passenger service between Cleveland and Toledo, stopping at Huron and, when Old Homestead-on-the-Lake was built, also here, where this marker has been erected. “Fast” was relative to the era, compared with steamship service and primitive automobiles running on narrow, rutted and muddy roads. The Lake Shore Electric was faster than the steam-powered railroads that paralleled its route. “Fast” was about 30 miles an hour, including station stops. The 49 mile ride from Cleveland was about an hour and 45 minutes.
Eight trains a day in each direction made the run between Cleveland and Toledo, an additional eight trains in each direction made shorter runs. Residents could catch any of those 32 trains for a quick ride to the post office in Huron or a 30 minute ride to Sandusky for a fancy department store lunch or restaurant dinner, and the train was the perfect way to get to Cedar Point amusement park, just two stops west.
By 1938 the automobile had won and the Lake Shore Electric ceased service to Huron before the 1938 summer season began.
— Submitted October 24, 2019, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio.
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