Recently we have been attempting to dig up any historical information or photos of our building. For those not in the know, our building and the 2nd Street Market’s building used in be inbound and outbound, respectively, for the B&O Railroad in the early 1900s.
We stumbled across this photo from Steve Heath and Dan West (originally found at http://www.west2k.com/ohio.htm).
Obviously, this needed a lot of repair and cleaning up! You can see at the corner of the building that there is not yet a door to enter into The Deli, nor is there a glass door behind the pole with the overgrowth on it yet. If you look at the middle of the building, there is not yet a ramp or stairs.
I emailed Mr. West to see if he had any other photos of our building and he responded with some interesting old maps of our lot. This one below is from 1918, and you can see the corner of 2nd Street and Webster. The building labeled “B&O R. R. Freight House” is now the 2nd Street Public Market, and the building labeled “Freight Station” is The Deli and Top of the Market! As you can see, trains would pull in between our buildings to load and unload.
Going a little bit further back, he also sent me a map from 1898 that shows our lot between 2nd and 3rd Street. Fulton, Shank, and Toledo no longer exist, and our lot along with the 2nd Street Public Market take up that entire space.
Thank you to Dan West and Steve Heath for the information! If you would like more information about various railroads in Ohio, please visit their website at http://www.west2k.com/ohio.htm.
That’s it for today’s history lesson!