Today is not Presidents Day in Ohio. It is Washington-Lincoln day. The day was official named in 2001. This was codified to clarify the days on which laws can and can not take effect.
The National Football League is the major professional Football organization in America. It honors its players with induction into its Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio. With no team and the 130th in the nation for population size, the question is asked “Why is the NFL hall of fame in Canton?”
The first players to be payed to play football were William Heffelfinger and Ben “Sport” Donnelly. They were payed by the Allegheny Athletic Association. By the 1920’s great players were payed ever increasing amounts. Some were even “poached” from other teams during the season with a higher salary offer. This led to confusion, bidding wars, and rising costs. Something was needed to be done.
On August 20, 1920, in Canton, Ohio, representatives of the Akron Pros, Canton Bulldogs, Cleveland Indians, and Dayton Triangles, all Ohio based teams, formed the American Professional Football Conference. Later it would change its name to the American Professional Football Association, after adding more teams from across the nation. These teams worked out an agreement on player “poaching” and helped to stabilize costs and talent across the league. On October 3rd the Dayton Triangles defeated Columbus Panhandles in what is considered the first NFL game. On June 24, 1922, in a meeting held in Akron, Ohio, the APFA, became the National Football League. For the next two years the Canton Bulldogs would win the league championship making them the first team in the NFL to do so.
Fast forward 40 years: The NFL had a long history and no Hall of Fame or other museum dedicated to it. Canton took this too heart. The local newspaper, the Canton Repository, pushed for it. They believed the only logical site was in Canton. It was the site of the original meeting. It had a historic powerhouse team. It was in Ohio the state where the first NFL game was played. The city was determined to get the Hall and on January 25, 1961 William E. Umstattd made a formal bid. A few months later the League agreed with what the city and awarded them the Hall. On September 7, 1963 the Hall opened and has been honoring players ever since.
On this day we honor flag of Ohio. May the burgee fly with pride.
“The flag of the state shall be burgee-shaped. It shall have three red and two white horizontal stripes that represent the roads and waterways of the state. The union of the flag shall be seventeen five-pointed stars, white in a blue triangular field that represents the state’s hills and valleys, the base of which shall be the staff end or vertical edge of the flag, and the apex of which shall be the center of the middle red stripe. The stars shall be grouped around a red disc superimposed upon a white circular “O.” The thirteen stars grouped around the “O” represent the original states of the United States and the four stars added to the peak of the triangle symbolize that Ohio was the seventeenth state admitted to the union. The “O” represents the “O” in “Ohio” and suggests the state’s nickname, the buckeye state. The proportional dimensions of the flag and of its various parts shall be according to the official design on file in the office of the secretary of state.” –Ohio Code
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This is the first post of a new series where we will be reviewing some of the great cities of Ohio. We are going to do the posts for this series as a list, not a top ten or even ten, but a list.
Why did we choose Toledo first, hmm……. Well we find it to be a little bit of an underappreciated city. Toledo has many things to do and see, so it makes a great first review for this series.
Toledo is a city of about 287,208 that grew because of Ohio canals and railroad travel across the United States. Toledo is know industry and really for their glass industry. Toledo is located on Lake Erie and the Destination Toledo website calls Toledo, the “Water Recreation Capital of the Midwest.” So that must mean their is lots of water related things to do.
One import to mention fact was the Toledo War or known as the Michigan–Ohio War, which was a boundary dispute between the two states. After reading this post, you can go look it up.
Places to see in Toledo
We have already reviewed the Toledo Museum of Art. Thinking back to the museum what stands out is the glass and glass blowing studio. You can watch the glass being blown live in front of you. This is museum is great and has lots of great artwork to look at.
That is the website, we need to do a full visit before we do a proper review, but this what we can say. Toledo Zoo was voted one of the top ten zoos in the United States in 2014 by Family Fun. The Zoo was also voted best zoo in the United States by USA Today’s 10Best Readers’ Choice Awards. These two awards definitely mean the zoo is worth at least one trip.
Imagination Station is a museum that used to be part of COSI, but it broke off, well more than, their website explains it better than we ever could.
Toledo’s science center (formerly known as COSI Toledo) began operation in March 1997, welcoming more than 3 million visitors before closing its doors on December 31, 2007, due to financial challenges. After a successful levy campaign and win in the 2008 general election, the science center, renamed Imagination Station, opened to the public on October 10, 2009. The levy funding (.17 mil for 5 years) accounts for roughly one-third of the science center’s overall budget. Passage of a straight renewal request (.17 mil for 5 years) in November 2012, ensures that Imagination Station will stay financially strong and able to bring lasting experiences to the residents of Lucas County for many years to come.
This museum is a science museum geared toward youth. Worth any visit by a family. If you live in Lucas County you do get discounts and some free kids admission on Saturdays. Check their site for details.
Botanical Gardens with many events through out the year.
Now for some food, because all trips need food.
This is the cafe that has the M*A*S*H connection. The food is hot dogs and Hungarian.
Shorty’s True American Road Roadhouse
BBQ and American Style Food.
In closing we feel Toledo is a little loved in the state. So maybe everyone just needs to go to Toledo and make judgements for themselves. There does see to be lots to do.
We are keeping this one short on purpose, so if you need lots more information on Toledo go here – http://www.dotoledo.org/