Tuesday, June 20, 2000

Toledo agrees to sell war site

Parks to pay $5.5M for Fallen Timbers

The Associated Press

        TOLEDO, Ohio — The city on Monday agreed to sell the key part of the Fallen Timbers battlefield to Toledo Metroparks for $5.5 million.

        “Truly everyone (has) won,” said Susan Horvath, president of the Metroparks board. “The city of Toledo will receive fair compensation for its land, and a national treasure is now preserved in perpetuity.”

        The 1794 battle is credited with opening the Northwest Territory for settlement by Ameri cans rather than the British.

        The parks will make an initial payment of $2.8 million on the 185-acre site. A second payment, of $2.7 million, will be made by July 31, 2001.

        The state will provide $2 million toward the first payment, the city of Maumee will contribute $500,000 and the Lucas County commissioners will give $300,000. Money for the second payment has not been secured yet, but is expected to come from federal and state funds.

        Gen. “Mad” Anthony Wayne led the troops that clashed with a confederacy of Indian tribes.

        The land, in nearby Maumee, is part of a 1,200-acre tract the city wanted to annex and bought in 1987 for $14 million. But a court blocked that move, and the city since has sold much of the land.

        Excavations begun in 1995 showed the marker for the battle was not in the right place, and the wrong property had been set aside in the 1930s.

        The discovery led to a new effort to combine state and private money to buy the land and link it to the national park system.

        Mayor Carty Finkbeiner plans to use the money to pay some of the costs of keeping Jeep in Toledo. City Council has to approve the deal.


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