Stryker in Williams County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
Stryker's Railroad Heritage
Like many nineteenth century communities in Ohio, Stryker owes its birth and early growth to the railroad industry. Stryker, named for Rome, New York, attorney and railroad executive John Stryker, was surveyed on September 19, 1853, beside the proposed Northern Indiana Railroad. For more than fifty years, "track pans" at Stryker allowed steam locomotives to take on 5,000 gallons of water while traveling at forty to fifty miles per hour, saving valuable time, "the principal enemy of railroad schedules." On July 23, 1966, the U.S. rail speed record of 183.85 miles per hours was set through Williams County, including through Stryker. The Stryker depot was constructed in 1900 and placed on the National Register of Historic Places on August 7, 1989.
Stryker was once the hub of the Toledo & Indiana Railway, which operated between Toledo and Bryan. The T.&I.'s interurban cars were similar to trolleys, with their electric motors powered through a "kite" extending from the top of the car to an overhead power line. The T.&I. provide more convenient schedules and more stops and was less expensive than the steam railroad's passenger service. The interurban also made it easier for northwest Ohio farmers and other residents to conduct business and pleasure in Toledo and beyond. From 1905
Erected 2006 by The Stryker Area Heritage Council and the Ohio Historical Society. (Marker Number 5-86.)
Marker series. This marker is included in the Ohio Historical Society / The Ohio History Connection marker series.
Location. 41° 30.174′ N, 84° 25.014′ W. Marker is in Stryker, Ohio, in Williams County. Marker is at the intersection of N. Depot Street and Pleasant Street, on the left when traveling west on N. Depot Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 203 N. Depot Street, Stryker OH 43557, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 7 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Stryker Depot (a few steps from this marker); Stryker (approx. half a mile away); Casimir Pulaski (approx. 4.7 miles away); Richard E. Schreder (approx. 5.3 miles away); Evansport (approx. 5½ miles away); The Ohio Art Company (approx. 5.9 miles away); Erie J. Sauder (approx. 6.7 miles away); Draining the Great Black Swamp (approx. 7 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Stryker.
Also see . . . Stryker's Railroad Heritage Brochure. From the Stryker Area Heritage Council. (Submitted on October 5, 2013.)
Categories. • Railroads & Streetcars •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on October 5, 2013, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas. This page has been viewed 304 times since then and 17 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on October 5, 2013, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas.