Toledo in Lucas County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
Birmingham / Ironville
The Birmingham and Ironville neighborhoods were so named because of their early iron industries located along Front Street and the Maumee River. This became Toledo's first area of heavy industrial development with iron manufacturing, coal shipping, oil refining, shipbuilding, and flour milling operations. In 1864 the Manhattan Iron Company built a charcoal blast furnace near the river's mouth, securing fuel from nearby forests.
The neighborhood adjoining the site became known as Ironville and is now part of the Toledo-Lucas County Port Authority site. In 1890 the National Malleable Casting Company sponsored nearly a hundred Hungarian families to move to East Toledo. These immigrants formed the core of the Birmingham neighborhood which continues to retain its strong ethnic heritage and cultural pride.
Erected 1987 by St. Charles Hospital, Toledo Sesquicentennial Commission and The Ohio Historical Society. (Marker Number 16-48.)
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Industry & Commerce • Settlements & Settlers. In addition, it is included in the Ohio Historical Society / The Ohio History Connection series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1864.
Location. 41° 39.785′ N, 83° 29.809′ W. Marker is in Toledo, Ohio, in Lucas County. Marker is at the intersection of Paine Avenue and Genesee Street, on the left when traveling east on Paine Avenue. The marker is located at the Birmingham Branch Library. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 203 Paine Avenue, Toledo OH 43605, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. James B. Steedman (approx. 0.7 miles away); United Hebrew Benevolent Cemetery Veterans Memorial (approx. 1.3 miles away); Historic Habitats (approx. 1˝ miles away); Vistula Historic District (approx. 1.6 miles away); George Duncan Forsyth (approx. 1.7 miles away); Private Mark Wood (approx. 1.7 miles away); Engine House Number One / Neptune Engine No. 1 (approx. 1.9 miles away); The Blade (approx. 2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Toledo.
Also see . . . National Malleable Castings Company. Photo of factory circa 1920 (Submitted on May 2, 2021, by J.T. Lambrou of New Boston, Michigan.)
Credits. This page was last revised on May 5, 2021. It was originally submitted on May 2, 2021, by J.T. Lambrou of New Boston, Michigan. This page has been viewed 47 times since then. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on May 2, 2021, by J.T. Lambrou of New Boston, Michigan. • J. Makali Bruton was the editor who published this page.