Maumee, Ohio

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Maumee is a city in Lucas County, Ohio, United States. It is a suburb of Toledo along the Maumee River. The population was 15,237 at the 2000 census. Maumee was also declared an All-America City by the National Civic League in June 2006.

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Geography

Maumee is located at 41°34′14″N 83°39′9″W / 41.57056°N 83.6525°W / 41.57056; -83.6525 (41.570545, -83.652503)[3]. It is a roughly triangle-shaped city. Its borders are formed by Interstate 80/90 to the north, to the west by Interstate 475/U.S. Route 23, and to the southeast by the Maumee River.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 10.5 square miles (27.3 km²), of which, 9.9 square miles (25.7 km²) of it is land and 0.6 square miles (1.6 km²) of it (5.69%) is water.

History

In prehistoric times, Native Americans (notably the Ottawa) began utilizing the rich resources at the present site of Maumee, Ohio, in the Maumee River valley. Throughout much of the eighteenth century, French, British and American forces struggled for control of the lower Maumee River as a major transportation artery linking East and West. A decisive American victory over the British and their Native American allies at the Battle of Fallen Timbers in 1794 and the conclusion of the War of 1812 opened the way for American expansion and attracted Eastern emigrants intent on making a fortune in western lands.

A town plat was laid out in 1817 at the Foot of the Rapids of the Maumee River and within a decade, the settlement was gaining recognition as a major trans-shipment point connecting Lake Erie and the far west. The opening of the Wabash and Erie Canal in 1840 further stimulated the economy and led Jessup Scott, a noted town promoter, to predict that Maumee would become the "great city of the West," surpassing all rivals. By mid-century Maumee was indeed a flourishing center of river trade, commerce and shipbuilding. Nearly twenty mercantile establishments crowded along the three miles (5 km) of ship docks competing for the retail and wholesale trade. Maumee was chosen as the county seat in 1840 and jurists came from miles around to practice in the imposing Greek Revival Lucas County Courthouse erected by private subscription from local citizens. The federal custom house and post office also were located in Maumee.

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