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County Information Wood County was founded on April 1, 1820 and named in honor of Captain
Eleazer Darby Wood, an engineer in the War of 1812 who built Fort Meigs.
The early Wood County area was home of many Indian tribes including the Ottawa, Shawnee, and Miami. The territory
was originally part of territory set aside for Ohio's Native Americans by the
Treaty of Greenville.
Once part of the "Great Black Swamp", it was dark, mucky
wetlands that stretched from the western end of Lake Erie to northeastern Indiana. When settlers drained the land
in the mid-to-late 1800s, they discovered some of the most agriculturally productive soil in the country. With
the migration westward, people sought out the rich, fertile land in Ohio for farming.
The late 1800's brought the discovery of natural gas and oil resources in the county putting Wood County on the
map and helping to increase the population growth. Perrysburg was the original county seat, established in 1823.
Founded in 1834, Bowling Green became the county seat. At one time Wood County's boundaries extended up to a portion
of Michigan until a boundary dispute between Ohio and Michigan in 1835 which led to the county's northern most
boundary being pushed back to the Maumee River. In Bowling Green you will find many resourceful jewels including
the Wood County Infirmary Museum, Wood County District Public Library, Center for Archival Collections at the Bowling
Green State University, and many more.
The county seat is Bowling Green Main Street, looking north from Wooster Street, Bowling Green
Bowling Green * Fostoria * Northwood * Perrysburg * Rossford
Bairdstown * Bloomdale * Bradner * Custar * Cygnet * Grand Rapids * Haskins *
Jerry City * Luckey * Millbury * Milton Center * North Baltimore * Pemberville *
Risingsun * Tontogany * Walbridge * Wayne * West Millgrove * Weston
Bates * Bays * Blake * Bloom Center * Christy * Cloverdale * Denver * Digby *
Ducat * Dunbridge * Eagleville * Five Points * Galatea * Hammansburg * Hull Prairie
* Latcha * Lemoyne
Lime City * Mermill * Moline * Mungen * New Rochester * Otsego * Perry Center *
Roachton * Rudolph
Scotch Ridge * Six Points * Stanley * Stony Ridge * Sugar Ridge * Trombley *
Wingston * Woodside
Bloom * Center * Freedom * Grand Rapids * Henry * Jackson * Lake * Liberty *
Middleton * Milton * Montgomery *
Perry * Perrysburg * Plain * Portage * Troy * Washington * Webster * Weston Defunct Townships: Ross; Fort Meigs
Updates: May 2018: Divorce News for FANCHER, MUNSON, SMITH. Marriage announcement for FLICKINGER - ADAMS, ROTHENBUHLER - JACOBS, Divorce news for FANCHER, MUNSON, SMITH. Obit for KUNKLER, ALEXANDER. Fire news story PREVIOUS UPDATES