“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
East Toledo in Lucas County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)

Historic Habitats

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Historic Habitats
In the early 1800s, wetlands located in and around this area were prime habitats for many kinds of ducks and geese. Native, aquatic vegetation that grew nearby was an important food source for waterfowl – especially during spring and fall migration.

Surrounding areas included wet prairie and forest patches which harbored many other species. Early wildlife records show that the town was even booming with Greater prairie chickens and Bobwhite quail. As time passed, much of the natural habitat was lost, and many species living in these areas declined.

Did You Know?
Around 1840, over 1,000 Bobwhite quail could be seen covering the open ground on the bank of the river near Elm Street. Once common, these local game birds are seldom seen today in northwest Ohio.

Judge E.D. Potter, a resident of early Toledo, observed over 500 Greater prairie chickens flocking at Summit and Oak Streets (now Jackson) near the Maumee River. By 1875, this bird had vanished from the area.

An Early Swamp Town
Before settlement, downtown and north Toledo was

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actually a mosaic of different natural habitats that included mostly marshland, as well as forest and prairie. Land east of Toledo was part of "the Great Black Swamp” – a thick forest that harbored many large trees and some of the richest, wettest and stickiest soil in the region.

Did You Know?
Frogs can be heard calling each spring at various Metropark sites close by, like Manhattan Marsh, Middlegrounds and Pearson.

Toledo earned the name "Frogtown,” because it was a popular haven for large numbers.of frogs and toads that made the local marshlands and swamps their home.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: AnimalsHorticulture & ForestryNatural FeaturesSettlements & Settlers. A significant historical year for this entry is 1840.
Location. 41° 39.149′ N, 83° 31.338′ W. Marker is in East Toledo, Ohio, in Lucas County. Marker is at the intersection of Front Street and Morrison Drive, on the left when traveling east on Front Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1349 Front St, Toledo OH 43605, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Vistula Historic District (approx. 0.4 miles away); Salem Lutheran Church (approx. half a mile away); Original Site of Toledo's Oldest Black Institution / Warren African Methodist Episcopal Church

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(approx. 0.6 miles away); The 1894 King-Quale Elevator Fire (approx. 0.6 miles away); The Blade (approx. 0.6 miles away); Engine House Number One / Neptune Engine No. 1 (approx. 0.6 miles away); Toledo (approx. 0.7 miles away); James A. Rhodes Plaza (approx. 0.7 miles away).
Credits. This page was last revised on May 20, 2021. It was originally submitted on May 20, 2021, by TeamOHE of Napoleon, Ohio. This page has been viewed 91 times since then and 20 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on May 20, 2021, by TeamOHE of Napoleon, Ohio. • Devry Becker Jones was the editor who published this page.

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Jun. 29, 2022