Welcome to the Port of Toledo: Then and Now Exhibit

The Port of Toledo and the Maumee River has played a vital role in our region since people first settled here thousands of years ago.  This online exhibit, updated every two weeks with 10 new historic “then” images, will explore these stories through photographs. (The last update was on May 11.  The images from the past posts are below the map) Still to come, we will explore the Port of Toledo as we know it “now” by showcasing collected and crowd-sourced images mirroring the historic story of the “Mighty Maumee.”

Exhibit Instructions: Roll over or click on an icon on the map to see an historic Port of Toledo photo.  Click “Learn More” to see the image larger and get more information about it.

Dempsey-Willard Arena - 1919

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Maumee River Yacht Club - May 1941

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Elevator B Fassett Street Bridge, ca. 1907

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Terminal Railroad Bridge, struck by Thunder Bay Quarries, August 14, 1950

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Ships of Columbus, ca. 1913

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Prins Frederik Hendrik loading Jeeps - May 17, 1951

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Yuma at Cherry Street Bridge - March 6, 1908

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Edward B. Greene, Maiden Voyage - 1952

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Ice Skating, ca. 1890

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Flooding with Schooner in Layup

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Previous Images from Port of Toledo: Then and Now

All images from:
Great Lakes Historical Society Collection at Bowling Green State University
Historical Collection of the Great Lakes at Bowling Green State University
Personal Collection of Paul C. LaMarre, III
Library of Congress
Toledo Lucas County Public Library

We want your help! 

We are planning to have a “now” photo that corresponds with each “then” photo to put up in the Fall of 2020.  Are you a photographer, do you want to help with this project?  Please contact us at shipwreck@nmgl.org to see how we can best use your skills to complete our project.

This exhibit is made possible by visitors like you.  Please consider making a donation to the National Museum of the Great Lakes to help us continue our important work of preserving and making known the history of the Great Lakes.