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Toledo History, Ohio

 Glass City Known for Its Famous Glass Industry Toledo is the largest city located in the state of Ohio, US. It is situated on the Michigan border and the western end of Erie Lake. Toledo is named after Toledo, Spain and its residents are known as Toledoans.

Toledo has a long history in innovation of the glass industry, as it produced windshields, bottles, glass art, construction materials and windows. For this reason, it is also referred to as the Glass City.  It was the European Americans, who first settled in the area of Toledo after the Battle of Fallen Timbers in 1794 and later founded the Fort Industry. But, many settlers, who lived in that place, fled the area after the War of 1812.

They again resettled around 1817 after a Cincinnati syndicate brought a land of 974 acre located at the mouth of Swan Creek. It was named as Port Lawrence.   Three years later, the syndicated failed again and this settlement joined with another river settlement, which were located at the north called Vistula. But, the inhabitants who belonged to this joined settlement preferred to call it “Toledo.”

Some historians say that it was Washington Irving, a traveler from Spain, suggested the name of Toledo to his brother, one of the local residents of Toledo during that time.  According to some other people, the name of Toledo was given by Two Stickney. Stickney was the son of a major, who was famous for naming his daughters after States and numbered his sons. 

During the period of 1835-1836, a nearly bloodless conflict (called the Toledo War) was fought between the Michigan Territory and Ohio. The war was fought over a narrow a narrow strip of land lying between Lake Erie and the Indiana Border. It is this land, which now contains the city including the suburbs of Oregon and Sylvania. The strip of land was claimed by the Michigan Territory and Ohio because of a conflicting legislation regarding the Ohio-Michigan State Line.

A deputy sheriff from Michigan was the only casualty of the war, as he was stabbed by Two Stickney in the leg. The state of Ohio got the land in the end after the Upper Peninsula was given to the state of Michigan in exchange. Adams Township remained a township in Lucas County till it got incorporated into Toledo city in 1960. It’s now a part of West Toledo lying east of the Springfield Township and the city of Maumee lying in the north.

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  • Sayuri87Blair Museum of Lithophanes
    travel tip by Sayuri87 posted more then 30 days ago
    What an amazing museum holding such unique and interesting exhibits. Who would have thought that Toledo is the city where the museum dedicated to this molded or etched artwork is the first and only in the States. The Blair Museum of...
  • marius_fToledo Museum of Art
    travel tip by marius_f posted more then 30 days ago
    Art museum, when packed with lots of exhibitions can be overwhelming and when you leave you feel you couldn't really remember everything. The Toledo Museum of Art is exactly the opposite. Though they have a wider collection of...
  • zloriWildwood Manor House
    travel tip by zlori posted more then 30 days ago
    In the heart of Wildwood Metropark, Toledo's most beautiful home is open to the public throughout the whole year. Free tours are organized in the Wildwood Manor House and even if you might have to pay it would totally worth your time...
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