Toledo and Western Railway Company

Toledo and Western Railway Company (HM1S9T)

Location: Sylvania, OH 43560 Lucas County
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N 41° 42.865', W 83° 42.192'

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Toledo and Western Railway Company

Sylvania was once the headquarters for the Toledo and Western Railway, an electric interurban line that provided service between Toledo and Pioneer with a branch line to Adrian, Michigan. Construction began here in 1900 with planning and specifications set to steam railroad standards. With completion of rails, a powerhouse, maintenance facilities, and offices, the Toledo and Western Railway Company was soon in the business of providing freight and passenger service and was especially competitive as it owned more freight engines than most interurban lines. Operating an electric interurban line also meant that the company had the ability to provide electricity to people living in Sylvania and to other communities and property owners living along the line's right-of-way. Besides freight, passengers, and electricity, Toledo and Western also provided postal service, one of the first interurban lines to do so.
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Toledo and Western Railway Company

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Interurban lines, such as the Toledo and Western Railway Company, were an important means of transportation for all people in the early twentieth century. However they were especially vital to rural residents as they offered them the opportunity to enjoy the cultural, educational, and economic advantages of nearby urban centers like Toledo. All this was not to last however. Like the canal era that ended with the coming of railroads and interurban lines, the railways were doomed by improved roads and increasing use of cars, trucks, and buses. The Great Depression of the 1930s that brought loss of freight business further eroded the profitability of the interurban lines. For the Toledo and Western Railway Company, freight business declined, passenger service ended in 1932, and the company was totally abandoned in 1935.
HM NumberHM1S9T
Series This marker is part of the Ohio: Ohio Historical Society series
Marker Number54-48
Year Placed2008
Placed ByCity of Sylvania and The Ohio Historical Society
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Friday, May 20th, 2016 at 5:01pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)17T E 275119 N 4621600
Decimal Degrees41.71441667, -83.70320000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 41° 42.865', W 83° 42.192'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds41° 42' 51.9" N, 83° 42' 11.52" W
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Area Code(s)419, 567
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling North
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 5501-5505 Main St, Sylvania OH 43560, US
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