Ohio's Last Ottawas / Swanton

Ohio's Last Ottawas / Swanton (HM1SB9)

Location: Swanton, OH 43558 Lucas County
Country: United States of America

N 41° 34.95', W 83° 51.846'

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Ohio's Last Ottawas


Here in the Oak Openings Region of northwest Ohio, some of the last Ottawa villages in Ohio lined the banks of Swan Creek during the 1830s. These Native Americans were led by Chief Ottokee (Autokee), a descendant of Pontiac, and half brother to another Ottawa Chief named Wauseon. Known for being honest and friendly, Ottokee was the last Ottawa chief in the Maumee Valley, for years refusing to go when the last of his people were removed to lands west of the Mississippi River.

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Swanton


In 1835 a road opened from Maumee to the Indiana State line, running through this area. Swanton emerged here, near the Ottawa village, as a frontier town with several shops and hotels for pioneers heading west. To the east, a tollbooth and junction from Toledo known as the Chicago Pike opened. With the arrival of the railroad, 'Old Swanton' was outstripped and moved to its present location. The Swanton Township Hall was originally a schoolhouse, built in 1909 and served as such until 1938.
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HM NumberHM1SB9
Marker Number51-48
Year Placed2007
Placed BySwanton Township Trustees, The Ohio Historical Society
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Monday, May 23rd, 2016 at 5:01am PDT -07:00
Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)17T E 261245 N 4607385
Decimal Degrees41.58250000, -83.86410000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 41° 34.95', W 83° 51.846'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds41° 34' 57" N, 83° 51' 50.76" W
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Area Code(s)419
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling West
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 13472-13566 US-20 ALT, Swanton OH 43558, US
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