Historic Railroad Map of Ohio - 1883

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Map showing the route and connections of the Bellaire, Zanesville and Cincinnati Railway.

Cleveland was founded in the late 1700's along the shores of Lake Erie, near the mouth of the Cuyahoga River. As several canals and effective railroad lines were added, Cleveland quickly became an important manufacturing town. The city was incorporated in 1836.

Cleveland was conveniently connected with the Atlantic Ocean, by way of the Erie Canal and the St. Lawrence Seaway, and the Gulf of Mexico, via the Mississippi River. By the late 1800's Cleveland was an major transportation center for iron ore and other raw materials being moved across the Great Lakes.

A rail disaster of epic proportion occurred in the winter of 1876 near the bustling ore and coal port town of Ashtabula. The railway bridge over the Ashtabula River collapsed casting train number 5, The Pacific Express with 159 people on board 150 feet below into the frozen river waters. In all 92 people were killed and 64 injured.

Toledo was founded along the west bank of the Maumee River in 1833. With the addition of canals, and later with its position along the railway between New York and Chicago, Toledo grew fast. Toledo was a major glassmaking town, producing windows, bottles and glass art, and boasting furniture manufacturers, carriage makers and breweries. When the railroads began to replace the canals as the preferred mode of transportation, Toledo became a prominent center for several railroad companies.

This map was published in 1883 by H. Sabine. It shows cities, towns, counties, waterways, and clearly labeled railroads with mileage noted between stations.

Included is a list of Ohio counties and townships.

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