The Great Depression
During the Great Depression, over 300 companies closed in Toledo, and 50% unemployment plagued the city. Federal work programs like the WPA and CCC employed thousands of Americans during this time of hardship. In Toledo, these men built the Anthony Wayne Trail and constructed familiar buildings at the Toledo Zoo. In all, the government invested $62 million in regional public works.
In 1935, workers began $200,000 worth of
projects across the Metroparks, including
Side Cut. Three years later, over 1,400
WPA men were at work in the park
district.They dug ponds, planted forests
and built bridges, dams, shelters and
trails. Many lived in the parks where they
worked. Their legacy persists today in the
distinctive stone shelters, bridges, stairways
and outdoor grills still enjoyed at Side Cut
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Charity & Public Work • Parks & Recreational Areas. In addition, it is included in the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) 🏞️, and the Works Progress Administration (WPA) projects series lists. A significant historical year for this entry is 1935.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this location. Good Work Pays Off (here, next to this marker); Locking in Commerce (within shouting distance of this marker); Side Cut's Left Over Locks (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); Maumee City (about 600 feet away); Rotary International (1905-2005) / Maumee Rotary Centennial Pavilion Dedicated July 2, 2005 (approx. 0.2 miles away); March 1913 Flood (approx. ¾ mile away); American Faces (approx. 0.9 miles away); Treaty of Greenville (approx. one mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Maumee.
Credits. This page was last revised on May 14, 2021. It was originally submitted on May 13, 2021, by TeamOHE of Wauseon, Ohio. This page has been viewed 38 times since then. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on May 13, 2021, by TeamOHE of Wauseon, Ohio. • Devry Becker Jones was the editor who published this page.