Waterville in Lucas County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
Ohio Electric Railroad Bridge / Roche De Bout/Roche De Boeuf
The Lima and Toledo Traction Company Bridge was construted in 1907 by the National Bridge Company of Indianapolis, and it was considered to be a revolutionary type of bridge construction. The Old Electric Bridge, as it was called, was built of steel reinforced concrete and filled with earth. In fact, for this period some considered the bridge to be the longest such railroad bridge in the world. Twelve spans of Roman aqueduct architectural design anchor the 1220-foot bridge in solid river bedrock. The bridge linked Lucas and Wood counties and connected a busy Toledo with points south by means of an electric trolley. This Interurban Bridge was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1972.
[North Side of Marker]:
The once-massive limestone rock outcropping standing in the Maumee River has marked may events in the history of the valley. It was a legendary site for Native Americans and the place where they gathered before the Battle of Fallen Timbers in August 1794. Early records indicate a nearby French settlement in the 1700s was called both Roche de Bout and Roche de Boeuf, but for the last hundred years or so the latter has been most frequently used
Erected 2001 by Ohio Bicentennial Commission, The Longaberger Company, Waterville Historical Society, and The Ohio Historical Society. (Marker Number #35-48.)
Marker series. This marker is included in the Ohio Historical Society / The Ohio History Connection marker series.
Location. 41° 29.266′ N, 83° 43.78′ W. Marker is in Waterville, Ohio, in Lucas County. Marker is on South River Road north of Anthony Wayne Trail (U.S. 24), on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Waterville OH 43566, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Bowling Green Fault (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Site of Fort Deposit / Roche de Boeuf (about 500 feet away but has been reported missing); Fort Deposit / Roche de Bout (approx. ¼ mile away); Fort Miamis Reserve/Miltonville (approx. 0.8 miles away); Wakeman Hall / Waterville Historical Society (approx. 0.9 John Pray - Founder of Waterville,Ohio / The Miami and Erie Canal (approx. 0.9 miles away); The Columbian House (approx. one mile away); Browning Masonic Community (approx. 1.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Waterville.
Also see . . . Building the Bridge. How it was done many years ago (Submitted on August 16, 2010, by Dennis Lamont of Birmingham, Florence Township, Ohio.)
Categories. • Bridges & Viaducts • Industry & Commerce • Landmarks • Native Americans • Natural Features • Settlements & Settlers •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on May 17, 2010, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio. This page has been viewed 3,282 times since then and 118 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on May 18, 2010, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio. 6, 7, 8. submitted on August 9, 2012, by John A. Current of Weston, Ohio. 9. submitted on March 23, 2016, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio.