Sunday, January 5, 2003

First railroad in state chartered in Tiffin

Ohio Moments

On Jan. 5, 1832: The Mad River and Lake Erie Railroad - the first railroad in Ohio and the first west of the Allegheny Mountains - was chartered in Tiffin. It ran between Tiffin and Sandusky, where ground was broken for the railroad by North Bend resident William Henry Harrison - future president of the United States - in September 1835. When the first train began running in 1837, the toll was 4 cents per mile for passengers and 25 cents a ton per mile for freight.

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