Toledo in Lucas County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
Erie and Kalamazoo Railroad
Ohio Historical Marker
The first railroad to operate west of the Allegheny Mountains was Toledo's colorful "Erie and Kalamazoo." Begun in 1832, the line was completed by 1836. Its rails were made of oak topped with thin iron strips. Horses pulled small railcars the 30 miles between Toledo and Adrian, Michigan. In July, 1837, a steam locomotive replaced the horses.
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From the Erie and Kalamazoo's simple beginning, Toledo's great rail system developed. By 1900 thirteen railroad companies operated from Toledo's terminal and port facilities, making it the third largest rail center in the United States. Numerous passenger trains, and thousands of railcars carrying agricultural products, raw materials, and manufactured goods from all over the country, arrived and departed daily.
Erected 1987 by Toledo Sesquicentennial Commission and The Ohio Historical Society. (Marker Number 9-48.)
Topics and series. This historical marker is Railroads & Streetcars. In addition, it is included in the Erie & Kalamazoo Railroad, and the Ohio Historical Society / The Ohio History Connection series lists.
Location. 41° 38.302′ N, 83° 32.491′ W. Marker is in Toledo, Ohio, in Lucas County. Marker is on Emerald Street 0.1 miles east of Wade Street, on the right when traveling east. This historical marker is located at the entrance of the Central-Union Plaza on Emerald Street. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Toledo OH 43609, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The Oliver House (approx. 0.4 miles away); Moses Fleetwood Walker (approx. 0.7 miles away); Port Lawrence / Fort Industry, 1805 (approx. 0.8 miles away); A Prehistoric Fort (approx. 0.9 miles away); Toledo's First High School / Toledo-Lucas County Public Library (approx. 1.1 miles away); Lucas County (approx. 1.1 miles away); William McKinley Monument (approx. 1.2 miles away); War Savings Stamps (approx. 1.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Toledo.
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on February 19, 2010, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio. This page has been viewed 1,004 times since then and 24 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on February 19, 2010, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio.