Bigger, Better, Quicker, Faster! / The Glass City
Bigger, Better, Quicker, Faster!
Railroads signaled changing times, making canals obsolete before they were even finished. Only five years after the first spadesful had been dug for canal construction, trains began rolling into Ohio. Toledo was a destination for numerous railroad lines.
In 1848, Erie and Kalamazoo Railroad purchased 30 acres of Middlegrounds at $70 per acre to build railroads, docks, station bridges and roundhouses.
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Some grain elevators allowed railroad cars to run directly into them for greater loading and unloading efficiency. In 1888, 12 grain elevators stood on the Middlegrounds.
The Glass City
In the late 19th century, new industries began to emerge in the city, including companies that made furniture, carriages and glass. The Libbey Glass Works was located in Toledo and helped to make the community known as the "City of Glass." By 1880, Toledo boasted a population of more than 50,000 people, making it one of the largest cities in the state.
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Our Glass City is connected
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Industry & Commerce • Railroads & Streetcars • Settlements & Settlers • Waterways & Vessels. A significant historical year for this entry is 1848.
Location. 41° 38.36′ N, 83° 32.115′ W. Marker is in Toledo, Ohio, in Lucas County. Marker is on Ottawa Street 0.2 miles south of Clayton Street (Ohio Route 52), on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 111 Ottawa St, Toledo OH 43604, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Home To Jeep / Middlegrounds Metropark (here, next to this marker); The Toledo Rotary: Service Above Self / Local and Global Actions (here, next to this marker); Ohio-Michigan War: A War Without Casualties / Canal Boom (here, next to this marker); Land in High Demand / Treaty of Fort Industry (here, next to this marker); The Oliver House (approx. 0.3 miles away); Erie and Kalamazoo Railroad (approx. 0.3 miles away); Moses Fleetwood Walker (approx. 0.7 miles away); Port Lawrence / Fort Industry, 1805 (approx. 0.7 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Toledo.
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 41 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.