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Ottawa Park - The Early Years
Most black & white photos courtesy of the Toledo-Lucas County Public Library, obtained from http://images2.toledolibrary.org/. Postcards from the David P. Campbell Collection.
The road through the park-1911
Bridge over Ottawa River-1890
Picnic in the park-1910
Golf course construction-1921
Sheep grazing on the grounds-1916
Bicycling in the park-1920
Fishing off a dock in Walden Pond-1943
Ducks in Walden Pond-1943
The Ottawa River in winter-1954
A newer bridge over the river-1911
Ottawa Park has evolved and been upgraded many times since land was purchased in 1892. Basic work was done in the late
1890's, and the park layout followed the design plan of Frederick Law Olmsted. Here are some early photos and postcards. Left
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