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Cool photos of Toledo of yesteryear

Some great old photos showing different views of the old [Point Place] Casino

and rollercoaster built over the waters of the Maumee River at Bay View Park...

across from Cullen Park. It was built like this for the cooling effects of the water.

Cruise ships came from all over the Great Lakes to visit here. It was a big deal.

Toledo was a vibrant and booming town in the 1890's and early 1900's... up until

the Great Depression hit in Oct. 1929. In fact, Toledo was the 26th largest city

in America back then. The eras of the "Gay '90's" up to & including the "Roaring

20's" were very good times for Toledo. That's how & why little ol' Toledo, Ohio

ended up with a world-class art museum and world-class zoo... with both of them

consistently rated in the Top 10 in America... even today.

PS: There was also a big casino built further up-stream on the Maumee River,

in Walbridge Park, on the high banks of the river, looking towards Rossford.

And, there were some smaller casinos located in the downtown area of Toledo

as well. But the big one was the one at the mouth of the river at Maumee Bay,

located in Point Place. The rollercoaster was a railway ride. The old pilings for

the casino and the rollercoaster can still be seen sticking out of the water when

water levels are low. The grounds of the Point Place casino and "the midway"

are still open and unused. The Casino building was 3 stories and had a 3,800

seat theater in it! (That's as big as the Stranahan Theatre in South Toledo.)

And this site: is from the Toledo library

created by billy on Mar 29, 2008 at 01:32:41 pm     Comments: 9

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GREAT WORK! Thanks, Billy, I love seeing this stuff. A lot of things I didn't know here.

posted by Darkseid on Mar 29, 2008 at 05:16:05 pm     #  

There's a few books available at the liberry and Border's that have interesting pics of Toledo. Much better than the Blade's version.

It's amazing that school wastes 12+ years of your life yet the history of the city you live in can't make into the curriculum. Apparently it's not trivial enough.

posted by charlatan on Mar 29, 2008 at 06:00:23 pm     #  

For once I actually agree with you.

posted by Darkseid on Mar 29, 2008 at 07:56:48 pm     # school district (Washington Local) does teach local Toledo history.

posted by tjintoledo on Mar 30, 2008 at 01:28:07 pm     #  

I think most of these pictures are available on the Toledo Public Library website under the "imigaes in time" link.

Cool never the less though.

posted by JeepMaker on Mar 30, 2008 at 02:54:27 pm     #  

oops misspelled "images" haven't a clue how to edit.

posted by JeepMaker on Mar 30, 2008 at 02:56:12 pm     #  

The second site on my original post brings you right to the library's Images in Time site.

posted by billy on Mar 30, 2008 at 06:21:56 pm     #  

Thanks to billy and char. I really enjoy the pix.

posted by madjack on Mar 30, 2008 at 10:18:07 pm     #  

That site was awesome. Even found a picture of a building my father used to own. Thanks for the link.

posted by OhioKat on Apr 02, 2008 at 05:13:51 pm     #