River Diversion / Island / Air Intake Tunnel
One feature that enticed the Stranahan family to purchase this property in the 1920s and 1930s was that the scenic Ottawa River passed through the grounds. During construction of the home, workers diverted the waterway a half-mile from its original course so it flowed through the back yard and created an island behind the home. Later, a tunnel ran from the banks of the creek into the mansion's basement and provided cool air throughout the home on hot summer days.
Can you see the brick pump-house on the island that provided water to the sprinkler system and other areas of the estate? Take the boardwalk trail and you will see some of the stones the family deposited in the river to create the sound of a babbling brook in their backyard.
•Look for the opening to the tunnel that
leads to the house.
•As you walk the boardwalk trail, look for the remnants of a bridge that once crossed to the island.
•You may also glimpse some private homes on the other side of the Ottawa River. These homes were constructed on property that once belonged to Bob Stranahan, R.A.s son and successor as President of Champion
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Settlements & Settlers • Waterways & Vessels.
Location. 41° 40.929′ N, 83° 39.954′ W. Marker is in Wildwood, Ohio, in Lucas County. Marker is on Blue Trail just east of Stairs to Blue Trail, on the left when traveling east. 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. Lusk / Mewborn Riverview Boardwalk (within shouting distance of this marker); Clay Tennis Court / Staff Parking Lot (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Formal Gardens (about 300 feet away); Swimming Pool (about 400 feet away); Putting Green (about 600 feet away); Manor House (about 600 feet away); Ballroom / Riding Area (about 800 feet away); Horse Stables / Visitors Center (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Wildwood.
Credits. This page was last revised on May 20, 2021. It was originally submitted on May 19, 2021, by TeamOHE of Wauseon, Ohio. This page has been viewed 39 times since then. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on May 19, 2021, by TeamOHE of Wauseon, Ohio. • Devry Becker Jones was the editor who published this page.