Toledo is known for its glass industries, diverse culture, historic buildings, ethnic dining options, first-class museums, outdoor recreational activities and several cultural attractions. Did you know that Toledo is a major producer of glass and auto parts? Did you know that Toledo is called as “the Glass City”? Read on some more interesting facts on Toledo, Ohio.
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Toledo Geographic and Demographic Fast Facts
- Toledo is located in northwest Ohio, on the edge of Lake Erie.
- It is situated near the crossroads of three main Interstate highways: Interstate-75, Interstate-80, and Interstate-90.
- It is the fourth most populous in the United States.
- It is the sixty-seventh largest city in the US.
- It is within 4-5 hours drive from many large cities- Detroit, Pittsburgh, Cleveland, Indianapolis, Columbus, Chicago, Cincinnati and Dayton.
- The ethnic composition of Toledo includes: 64.8%-White, 61.4%- Non Hispanic, 27.2%- Black or African American, 7.4%- Latino or Hispanic, 1.1%-Asian.
Toledo History Fast Facts
- In 1833, Toledo was founded and was part of Monroe County, Michigan.
- It was claimed by Michigan as well as Ohio, which led to the “1835 Toledo War”.
- In 1837, after the end of Toledo War, Toledo was re-founded and incorporated as a part of Ohio.
- Since 1837, Toledo was called as the “Glass City” because of its significant contribution in the glass industry.
- The city was the part of the Underground Railroad transferring slaves to Canada in 1850.
- It became the hub for many railroad companies in the last half of nineteenth century.
- It became one of the largest cities in Ohio by 1880.
Toledo Government and Economy Fast Facts
- Toledo has a mayor-council type of government.
- Toledo is known for its health care, education, art community, sports and industrial manufacturing.
- Many Fortune 500 automotive companies have their headquarters here, including Dana Holding Corporation, Electric AutoLite, Champion Spark Plug, Sheller-Globe Corporation.
Toledo Important and Interesting Fast Facts
- Toledo is nicknamed as “the Glass City”, “Frogtown”, and “T-Town”.
- Toledo is the Mud Hens’ Territory. The Mud Hens are a minor league baseball’s oldest team.
- Michael Owens, Toledo inventor created the first automated bottle-bowling machine in the world.
- The Toledo Zoo is among the US ten best zoos and it was the first one to have a hippoquarium-style exhibit.
- Toledo is home to Ohio’s largest institution of higher learning- the University of Toledo.
- Toledo people call soda “Pop”.
- Katie Homes and Jamie Far are from Toledo.
- The city has its own theme song- “We’re Strong for Toledo”.
- The hot dog sauce of Tony Packo’s was sent to outer space in 1997 on the space shuttle of Columbia.
- The primary newspaper in Toledo is The Blade.