Set near the south bank of the Maumee River, New Haven is on the route from the Great Lakes to the Central Plains. The river itself carried the first travelers upstream to the short portage to the Mississippi watershed and the West. In the early 1800s, the Wabash and Erie Canal was started to provide a more reliable and even passage. Many came to work on it and settled, hacking out farmsteads from the dense, swampy forest. A canal lock nearby made a natural stopping and shipping point. In 1856, the Wabash Railroad superceded the canal with rapid all-weather transport and commerce flourished. The old canal towpath became a road, intersecting in the middle of the community with the Lincoln Highway, bringing in the automobile era. The local commuter age was born in the early 1900s with the interurban railroad from Lima, Ohio, to Fort Wayne, Indiana, providing hourly, fast service for jobs and shopping. This small, tree-lined city still shows clear marks of the ages and stages of transportation history that have given it life and form. Now greenway trails trace the old Indian paths along the river.
About the Author
This book was created by the New Haven Area Heritage Association with invaluable input from many citizens in the form of their memories and pictures. These were assembled by the book committee, led by avid local history collector Stevia Webster.
Table of Contents
1 Pioneers, Founders, and Transportation 9
2 Early Businesses in New Haven 35
3 Streets and Public Services 49
4 Celebrations, Churches, and Schools 59
5 Historical Residences and Local Citizens 79
6 French Settlement in Jefferson Township 121