Maumee City played a vital role in the formative years of the American experience. Fort Miamis, the oldest fortification in Ohio, was constructed in 1680 at the future site of the city. Over 150 years later, the re-built fort housed British forces during the Battle of Fallen Timbers and War of 1812. U.S. victories in these conflicts gave the young nation control of the valley and an important east to west transportation route.
Platted in 1817, Maumee City quickly
established itself as a major transportation
center connecting Lake Erie to markets
in the interior. In 1840, it was made
the county seat. Ironically, the city's
geographic location, which assured its
prominence, ultimately limited its growth.
As ships grew larger, they were unable
to navigate the river's shallow depth to
the city. Railroads further diminished the
importance of Maumee City's river-front
location and the county seat was relocated
to Toledo in 1854.The fort is located on
Michigan Avenue at the river.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Colonial Era • Forts and Castles
Location. 41° 33.498′ N, 83° 40.309′ W. Marker is in Maumee, Ohio, in Lucas County. Marker is on North River Road 0.6 miles west of Mohawk Place, on the left when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1013 W Wayne St, Maumee OH 43537, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Locking in Commerce (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Side Cut's Left Over Locks (about 600 feet away); Good Work Pays Off (about 600 feet away); Rotary International (1905-2005) / Maumee Rotary Centennial Pavilion Dedicated July 2, 2005 (approx. ¼ mile away); March 1913 Flood (approx. 0.9 miles away); Northern Light Lodge No. 40 Free and Accepted Masons (approx. 0.9 miles away); American Faces (approx. one mile away); Treaty of Greenville (approx. one mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Maumee.
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