The Interurban Era

The Interurban Era (HMF5W)

Location: Lima, OH 45801 Allen County
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Country: United States of America
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N 40° 44.408', W 84° 6.154'

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In 1910, the Ohio Electric Railway Company opened this terminal, formerly the Interurban Building, which served interurban passengers until 1937. Along with offices, it contained space for express and baggage handling, ticket windows, a newsstand, a lunch counter, and waiting rooms. Three tracks were laid at the rear of the building. At its peak, Ohio Electric radiated from Lima to Springfield, Toledo (via Ottawa), Defiance, and Fort Wayne. Its competitor, The Western Ohio Railway ("Lima Route") connected Dayton and Toledo (via Findlay). The interurban network in and around Lima led to the creation of suburbs, linked industrial and residential areas, and promoted the creation of amusement parks and small lake resorts. With decreased passenger traffic due in part to personal automobiles and the Great Depression, the interurban and street railway era in Lima ended in 1939, 52 years after it had begun as Ohio's first successful electric streetcar system.
HM NumberHMF5W
Series This marker is part of the Ohio: Ohio Historical Society series
Marker Number2-2
Year Placed2003
Placed ByThe Ohio Bicentennial Commission and The Ohio Historical Society
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Thursday, October 16th, 2014 at 10:56pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)16T E 744648 N 4513949
Decimal Degrees40.74013333, -84.10256667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 40° 44.408', W 84° 6.154'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds40° 44' 24.48" N, 84° 6' 9.24" W
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Area Code(s)419, 937, 567
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 233-299 E Market St, Lima OH 45801, US
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