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Urbana in Champaign County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Mad River and Lake Erie Railroad

 
 
Mad River and Lake Erie Railroad Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., November 9, 2008
1. Mad River and Lake Erie Railroad Marker
Inscription. The Mad River and Lake Erie Railroad Company was chartered by the State of Ohio in January 1832 to connect west central Ohio with northern Ohio and Lake Erie. It was the first company to be incorporated for railroad purposes in the state. Construction started in Sandusky in 1835. By June 1849, the Mad River and Lake Erie Railroad was completed to Springfield. Through a series of mergers, the railroad became known as the Big Four Railroad in 1890. It came under control of the New York Central Railroad in 1905. As the railroad industry consolidated, ownership transferred from New York Central to Penn Central and then to Conrail. In 1994, the West Central Ohio Port Authority, a special purpose district established by the boards of county commissioners of Champaign, Clark, and Fayette counties, acquired the railroad track to ensure that freight service would continue.
 
Erected 2007 by West Central Ohio Port Authority and The Ohio Historical Society. (Marker Number 26-11.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Ohio Historical Society / The Ohio History Connection marker series.
 
Location. 40° 6.502′ N, 83° 45.496′ W. Marker is in Urbana, Ohio, in Champaign County. Marker is at the intersection
Mad River and Lake Erie Railroad Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., November 9, 2008
2. Mad River and Lake Erie Railroad Marker
Looking east along Miami Street toward downtown Urbana.
of Miami Street (U.S. 36) and Railroad Overpass, on the right when traveling east on Miami Street. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Urbana OH 43078, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. A different marker also named Mad River and Lake Erie Railroad (within shouting distance of this marker); The Johnson Manufacturing Company (within shouting distance of this marker); Pennsylvania Railroad Depot (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Dayton, Springfield, and Urbana Electric Railway (approx. 0.3 miles away); This tablet mark's the Site of Doolittle's Tavern (approx. 0.3 miles away); Champaign County Civil War Memorial (approx. 0.3 miles away); Champaign County Veterans Memorial (approx. 0.3 miles away); Billy "Single" Clifford /Clifford Theater (approx. 0.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Urbana.
 
Categories. Railroads & Streetcars
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on November 24, 2008, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 1,412 times since then and 27 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on November 24, 2008, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.
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