Antwerp in Paulding County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
Antwerp and Carryall Township
The completion of the Wabash and Erie Canal on July 4, 1843 brought many new settlers into this region. The Wabash and Erie Canal connected with the Miami and Erie Canal at Junction. Antwerp, ideally located on the Maumee River, was seen as a perfect place in which to establish a town. That same year surveyors W. Wilshire Riley and Samuel Rice platted what would become Antwerp. Naming rights belonged to Riley and storeowner Horatio N. Curtis, who wanting a name not duplicated anywhere else in the country, named it after Antwerp, Belgium. Early pioneers subdued the massive forests that once formed the "Black Swamp" and built a thriving city. Antwerp was incorporated in 1863.
The Toledo, Wabash & Western Railroad was the first railroad built in Paulding County, and it arrived in Antwerp in 1855. The railroad eventually led to the demise of the canal, and from 1855 on, most new settlers arrived by train. As wood industries flourished, Antwerp became the largest village in the county during the Civil War period. Antwerp is known for several places and events--the Norfolk & Western Railway
Erected 2003 by Rock-a-Thon Gals to Honor All U.S.A. Military Veterans, Antwerp Gold Star Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 5087 and Auxilary, and the Ohio Historical Society. (Marker Number 3-63.)
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Railroads & Streetcars • Settlements & Settlers • Waterways & Vessels. In addition, it is included in the Ohio Historical Society / The Ohio History Connection series list. A significant historical month for this entry is July 1722.
Location. 41° 10.814′ N, 84° 44.447′ W. Marker is in Antwerp, Ohio, in Paulding County. Marker is at the intersection of Railroad Street and Cleveland Street, on the right when traveling east on Railroad Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 105 Railroad Street, Antwerp OH 45813, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. V.F.W. Post 5087 Veterans Memorial Flagpost (here, next to this marker); Antwerp Veterans Memorial Antwerp's World War II Era Veterans Memorial (approx. 0.3 miles away); Antwerp's War of 1812 - Civil War Veterans Memorial (approx. 0.3 miles away); Antwerp's Persian Gulf - Iraq - Afghanistan Veterans Memorial (approx. 0.3 miles away); Antwerp's World War I Era - World War II Era Veterans Memorial (approx. 0.3 miles away); Antwerp's World War II Era - Korean War Era Veterans Memorial (approx. 0.3 miles away); Antwerp's Civil War Veterans Memorial (approx. 0.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Antwerp.
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on October 2, 2013, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas. This page has been viewed 575 times since then and 78 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on October 2, 2013, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas.