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Because of its dependence on manufacturing, Toledo suffered high unemployment during The Great Depression. On the onset of World War II, Toledo industries began to focus on wartime production, and unemployment concerns disappeared. Toledo made a unique contribution to the war effort as the home of Willys-Overland Company, which started producing Jeeps in 1941.
Once deemed uninhabitable swamp, this 28 acres of land has transformed many times. Through the 1800-1900s trains and canal boats traversed this site carrying freight and people at an astonishing rate. Buildings sprang up on this site to accommodate the grain, lumber and passengers delivered daily. However, floods, fires and progress away from the Middle Grounds lead to the site's decay in the 1970s. Standing as a dumping ground for many years this site was purchased in 2006 by Metroparks utilizing a grant from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Coastal and Estuarine Land Conservation Program.
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Middlegrounds Metropark was named for the acreage purchased
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Parks & Recreational Areas • Roads & Vehicles. A significant historical year for this entry is 1941.
Location. 41° 38.36′ N, 83° 32.116′ 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. Bigger, Better, Quicker, Faster! / The Glass City (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 42 times since then. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on May 19, 2021, by TeamOHE of Wauseon, Ohio. • Devry Becker Jones was the editor who published this page.