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Near Granville in Licking County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

The Toledo and Ohio Central Railroad

 
 
The Toledo and Ohio Central Railroad Marker image. Click for full size.
By Elia J. Prats, December 12, 2006
1. The Toledo and Ohio Central Railroad Marker
Photo caption: Trestle as appeared circa 1920.
Inscription. The path lies on the rail bed of the Toledo and Ohio Central Railroad, the first railroad constructed through this region in 1877. Primarily a coal hauling line from the mines of the Ohio River valley to northwest Ohio, the T & OC also offered the first passenger line service to the communities of Granville, Alexandria, and Johnston. "Central City", an old name given to the far west edge of Newark, probably got its name as a stop during this busy rail period. The T & OC was bought out in the 1930's by the giant New York Central, which later became the Penn Central in the 1960's.

The last train on this section of track ran in 1970, with this trail being constructed in [illegible]. When this trestle crossing over Raccoon Creek was converted for the bike path, the [illegible] guards were retained for their history. About 5 miles of the original T & OC are still used between Heath and Hebron.
 
Location. 40° 3.476′ N, 82° 29.696′ W. Marker is near Granville, Ohio, in Licking County. Marker is on the T. J. Evans Bike Trail 1 miles east of South Main Street (Ohio Route 661). Touch for map. Marker
Bridge over Raccoon Creek image. Click for full size.
By Elia J. Prats, December 12, 2006
2. Bridge over Raccoon Creek
Marker is out of frame on the right.
faces path at the iron bridge over Raccoon Creek. Marker is in this post office area: Granville OH 43023, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 5 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. "Alligator" Mound (approx. 0.9 miles away); The Robbins Hunter Museum Avery-Downer House (approx. 1.4 miles away); Granville (approx. 1.4 miles away); Old Colony Burying Ground, 1805 (approx. 1.4 miles away); The Granville Academy / The Anti-Slavery Movement (approx. 1 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Granville.
 
More about this marker. The Thomas J. Evans Bike Trail is paved and runs over the former T&CO tracks between Newark and Johnstown through Granville and Alexandria.
 
Regarding The Toledo and Ohio Central Railroad. The Toledo to Central City (now Newark-Heath) line of the T&OC opened for service in 1881. It was 132.7 miles long. At Central City it connected to the former Atlantic and Lake Erie Railway line from Central City to Bremen that opened in 1876.

At Granville in the 1890s through the 1920s, passengers on the T&OC could transfer to the
Bridge over Raccoon Creek image. Click for full size.
By Elia J. Prats, December 12, 2006
3. Bridge over Raccoon Creek
Newark and Granville Electric Street Railway's interurban for downtown Newark. A streetcar met all trains at the depot, climbed up Main Street, and turned right on Broadway for the 17 minute run to Newark proper. At Newark, passengers could board long distance trains on the main line between Pittsburgh and Columbus.

Passenger service on the portion of track that is now the bike trail ended before World War II. Freight service continued until 1970.
 
Also see . . .
1. The Unofficial Home Page of the Toledo and Ohio Central Railroad. (Submitted on December 14, 2006.)
2. The T.J. Evans Recreation Trail. (Submitted on December 14, 2006.)
3. The Newark-Granville Interurban Car. Anthony J. Lisska's 1991 illustrated article in The Historical Times of the Granville Historical Society. (Submitted on December 14, 2006.) 
 
Additional comments.
1. The Railroad bridge over Racoon Creek.
I grew up in Central City (west Newark) as did my father before me. The locals commonly refered to the railroad bridge as “Black Bridge,” which I still call it today.
    — Submitted October 10, 2010, by Dan Young
Plaque on Granville Depot image. Click for full size.
November 19, 2006
4. Plaque on Granville Depot
of Newark, Ohio.

 
Categories. Railroads & Streetcars
 
T&OC Granville Depot image. Click for full size.
November 19, 2006
5. T&OC Granville Depot
Marker is aprox. 1½ Miles east of the depot.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on December 12, 2006, by Elia J. Prats of Columbus, Ohio. This page has been viewed 4,361 times since then and 53 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on December 12, 2006, by Elia J. Prats of Columbus, Ohio.   4, 5. submitted on December 14, 2006. • J. J. Prats was the editor who published this page.
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