Limousine Garage / Metroparks Hall
After making their fortune in the Automotive industry, the Stranahan family enjoyed traveling in style. This building housed their limousines and provided a work area to msintenance other vehicles. In 1912, 26 year-old R.A. Stranahan secured a contract to become Ford Motor Company's sole supplier of spark plugs. The lucrative contract lasted nearly 50 years, and brought great wealth to Champion Spark Plug Company, the Stranahan family and northwest Ohio.
This building originally featured two additional garage doors; can you tell where they were located? Notice the garage's four arches, cupola on the roof, and coloring. You will see these features repeated in other buildings on the estate.
This wide walkway that links parking lot 1 to lot 4, once served as the family's private driveway and connected directly to Central Avenue. A second driveway was used by visitors.
A gatehouse sat at each entrance, and both houses can still be found on Central
Avenue today, although one was moved from its original location after Metroparks
purchased the property. (Marker Number 9.)
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Location. 41° 40.779′ N, 83° 39.964′ W. Marker is in Wildwood, Ohio, in Lucas County. Marker is at the intersection of Estate Connector Trail and Yellow Trail, on the right when traveling south on Estate Connector Trail. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Toledo OH 43615, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Horse Stables / Visitors Center (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); Manor House (about 700 feet away); Clay Tennis Court / Staff Parking Lot (about 700 feet away); The Story of Stranleigh (about 700 feet away); Lusk / Mewborn Riverview Boardwalk (about 800 feet away); Formal Gardens (approx. 0.2 miles away); Putting Green (approx. 0.2 miles away); River Diversion / Island / Air Intake Tunnel (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Wildwood.
Credits. This page was last revised on May 19, 2021. It was originally submitted on May 19, 2021, by TeamOHE of Wauseon, Ohio. This page has been viewed 42 times since then. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on May 19, 2021, by TeamOHE of Wauseon, Ohio. • Devry Becker Jones was the editor who published this page.