Woodville, Ohio

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Woodville is a village in Sandusky County, Ohio, United States. The population was 1,977 at the 2000 census. The National Arbor Day Foundation has designated Woodville as a Tree City USA.[1]

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History

Woodville was incorporated in 1836 and is the midway point on the Western Reserve and Maumee Turnpike, which was also known as the "Old Mud Pike" because of the thick mud that often mired animals and vehicles alike. It was the first permanent route across the Black Swamp. The toll road connected Perrysburg with Lower Sandusky, which has since been renamed Fremont.

A mile marker from the road remains at 100 East Main Street, in front of the village pharmacy. Several of the milestones are still in place along the 31 miles (50 km) stretch between present day Fremont and Perrysburg. The route is currently designated U.S. Route 20.

Woodville is also the point at which U.S. 20 crosses the Portage River. The former Pennsylvania Railroad also crossed the Portage River in Woodville. The line was at one time a main route from Toledo to Pittsburgh.

A half mile upstream from the highway and the rail bridges lies Trailmarker Park. This is site of a shallow point in the river where Native Americans routinely crossed the Portage. A tree that was bent by Native Americans to mark the crossing point had a large limb that stretched over the west bank of the river, just south of the Cherry Street bridge. However, the limb was mistakenly removed by village workers in the 1990s.

The origin of the name Woodville is often attributed to General Amos E. Wood, for which nearby Wood County is named. However, it is unclear whether this is true.

State Route 105 also runs through Woodville.

Geography

Woodville is located at 41°27′4″N 83°21′57″W / 41.45111°N 83.36583°W / 41.45111; -83.36583 (41.451093, -83.365967).[2]

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