In 1887, Edmund Drummond Libbey located a glass plant in Toledo.
In 1850, Toledo became part of the underground railroad carrying slaves to Canada.
In 1900, the Ottawa Park Golf Course became the first public course west of New York City.
Singer Theresa Brewer is from the east side of Toledo and attended Waite High School. Ms. Brewer has recorded nearly 600 different song titles, released on over 150 vinyl singles and more than 80 albums.
Light heavyweight champion Archie Moore claimed Toledo as his home town.
Many famous musicians such as Chuck Berry, Fats Domino, Johnny Cash and June Carter Cash, performed downtown at the Civic Auditorium, now the site of the Erie Street Market.
One of the best rock and roll bands in the country during the late 1950s and early 1960s was Johnny and the Hurricanes. All of the members of the original Hurricanes were from the Toledo area. Their leader, Johnny Paris, was from Rossford, Ohio, just across the Maumee River.
Dominic Labino, of Grand Rapids, OH was a well known glass blower around the world but he also developed the glass fibers to insulate the Apollo, Mercury, and Gemini spacecrafts. His invention of pure silica fiber was used to make the tiles that cover our space shuttles.
Actor, Jamie Farr of M*A*S*H fame, hails from Toledo, having grown up not far from where Riverside Hospital stands.
To resolve the brief but fabled Toledo War, Ohio acquired land settlements that became Toledo and Michigan acquired the Upper Peninsula.
Fort Industry Square is the site of the first American settlement in Toledo.
The Toledo Mud Hens got its name when it used to play weekend games at Bay View Park, which was surrounded by marshland, home to the strange birds that are also known as the American coot.
Tony Packo's hot dog sauce has been in outer space aboard the space shuttle Columbia in 1997.
Some of Toledo's nicknames over the years have included "The Glass City", "Frogtown", and "A Renaissance City".
The R&B smash-hit artist, Anita Baker, was born in Toledo, OH.
Ohio Governor, Robert Lucas, serving 1832-36, stamped his name forever on Northwest Ohio when he fought to hold onto a strip of land along the Maumee River for Ohio during the Ohio-Michigan border dispute of 1835.
The Toledo area became part of the Northwest Territory in 1787.
Toledo’s first railroad, the Erie & Kalamazoo, began operations in 1836. It was the first step leading to Toledo’s development as the third largest rail center in the United States.
Two of Toledo’s early boom industries were the manufacturing of wagons and bicycles.
Actress/Dancer, Alyson Stoner, of Cheaper By the Dozen and a background dancer in music videos for artists Missy Elliott and Eminem, was born in Toledo.
The first recorded visit to the site of Toledo was in 1615 when Etienne Brule, a French scout, is believed to have explored the region. The area was occupied by the warlike Erie Indians.
Toledo Inventor, Michael Owens developed the world's first automated bottle-blowing machine, revolutionizing the bottle industry.
On January 15, 1936, the first building to be completely covered in glass was constructed in Toledo. It was a building for the Owens-Illinois Glass Company and marked a milestone in architectural design that eventually led to the International style of architecture.
The Toledo Zoo, consistently rated as one of the nation's ten best, was the first zoo to feature a hippoquarium-style exhibit.
The Mud Hens are one of minor league baseball's oldest teams in continuous operation, having first played in 1896.
There are 9 Metro parks and over 140 public parks in the city of Toledo.
The local blues & jazz group, The Griswolds, including original members Art & Roman Griswold, Funky Monkey and the Sax Man, are known to be some of the best blues artists around - even in many European countries.
In honor of the "sister city" relationship between Toledo, Ohio and Toledo, Spain, the Toledo Zoo incorporated Spanish architecture into their building design throughout the zoo.
The Blair Lithophane Museum at Toledo Botanical Garden houses the largest collection of lithophanes in the world featuring 3,200 pieces.
The Libbey family's vision in creating the Toledo Museum of Art was to ensure the public would be able enjoy fine art from around the world without ever paying an admission. This still holds true today, thanks to the generous endowment left by the Libbeys.
The Toledo Zoo was started in 1900 with the donation of a woodchuck to the City of Toledo.
The Toledo Yact Club is among the oldest yacht clubs in North-America. It was founded in 1865.
The S.S. Willis B. Boyer, launched in 1911 under the name Co. James M. Schoonmaker, was the largest bulk freighter in the world.
Accumulating snowfall in the months of May and October are extremely rare episodes in Toledo. Strangely 1989 saw both! (On May 7th & October 19th). It's the only time Toledo has ever had this occur in the same calender year!
While Jackie Robinson in 1947 is widely regarded as the first black player in Major League baseball history when he broke the color barrier with the Brooklyn Dodgers, the actual first black Major Leaguer was Moses Fleetwood Walker when he played for the Toledo Blue Stockings in 1884 of the American Association-a Major League team and league that year in the pre-modern era.
A native of Toledo, activist Gloria Steinem co-founded Ms. Magazine and was one of the most visible leaders of the Feminist Movement.
The oldest building still standing in Toledo is the Oliver House in downtown Toledo.
Actress Katie Holmes, star of Dawson’s Creek and Batman Begins, hails from Toledo.
The Toledo Mud Hens used to be known as the Toledo Glass Sox in honor of the City’s glass history.
The origin of the exclamation, “Holy Toledo!” is unknown, but has been the focus of much speculation. Suggestions include: the heavy concentration of churches located on Collingwood Avenue; the mob completing a job in Detroit, Cleveland or elsewhere and then retreating to Toledo – the “Holy Land”; and the high proportion of bars to churches.
The first permanent white settlers who entered into the Black Swamp came in 1832. It took these aggressive pioneers 10 full years to dig 100 miles of drainage ditches so that the land was able to be farmed.
In 1833 the Villages of Port Lawrence and Vistula were consolidated. Because there was no other community on the Western Continent bearing the name of “Toledo,” several persons interested in Spanish history suggested that this be the name of the merged villages. Toledo was incorporated as a city in 1837.
Actor Danny Thomas grew up in Toledo.
The Toledo area played a major role in the War of 1812 through the erection of Fort Meigs in 1813 by William Henry Harrison.
Willys-Overland developed the Jeep in 1941.
Burt Reynolds was the first person to sign a Tony Packo hotdog bun.
Toledoan Art Tatum overcame poverty and blindness to become a top ranking jazz musician.