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Carved from the Connecticut Western Reserve, Madison Township was formally organized in 1811. Lake Erie, the Grand River, and fertile land attracted New England settlers arriving by foot and oxcart. They cleared wooded land to make way for farms and survived Ohio winters in log homes. The discovery of bog iron created a boomtown near the mouth of Arcola Creek. Astute businessmen built smelting furnaces and ships. But when the iron pits were exhausted, both industries disappeared and so did the boomtown. Fertile land remained to support farms, and later a modern landscape nursery industry arose. In the 1920s, the Lake Erie shore was again discovered—this time by land developers and summer vacationers. Over the past 200 years, Madison's families built businesses, beautiful homes, schools, and churches. They left a historic legacy that remains to be enjoyed today.
ISBN: 9780738578156
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
State: Ohio
Series: Images of America
Images: 220
Pages: 128
Dimensions: 6.5 (w) x 9.25 (h)
Denise Michaud uses vintage photographs, maps, advertising brochures, and captions gleaned from the archives of the Madison Historical Society to capture the unique character of Madison. Michaud, a graphic designer and communications specialist, is a former Madison Historical Society president and a lifetime Lake County resident. The generous help of historical society members, local residents, and organizations have all combined to create Madison.
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