Monday, February 26, 2018

Map of Sandusky, Circa 1915

This map of Sandusky was printed about 1915, through the courtesy of the American Banking and Trust Company in Sandusky, Ohio. An ad attached to the map was sponsored by F.A. Purdy, who was the manager of the Sandusky Buick Company at that time.

The words “Proposed Park” appear at the site of what we now know as Battery Park. An article in the June 16, 1914 issue of the Sandusky Register reported that two thousands loads of dirt had recently been taken over to the proposed park area as fill. Plans were in place for shade trees to be planted in 1915. Sandusky City Service Director J.J. Molter stated that Battery Park would one day be a “beauty spot” of the city. This 1956 aerial view of Battery Park shows the layout of the park along Sandusky Bay.

In the 1915 map, there were docks along the waterfront for the Cleveland, Cincinnati, Chicago and St. Louis Railway, the Pennsylvania Railroad, Cedar Point, and the B and O Railroad. The old water works was still standing on Meigs Street, approximately where Sandusky’s municipal building is now. The areas between Fifth Street and Cleveland Rd., as well as between Cleveland Road and Milan Road were relatively undeveloped at this time. This postcard from the Perry Centennial in 1913 provides us with a festive view of Columbus Avenue in Sandusky a couple years before the map was printed.

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