Anthony Wayne - High Level Bridge
As we head out to the first brewery site on our tour, let’s talk a little about Toledo history. We are now crossing over the Mighty Maumee River on the Anthony Wayne Bridge or what is commonly called the "High Level Bridge." The Anthony Wayne Bridge was designed by Waddell and Hardesty and built by McClintic-Marshall Company, which is the same company that built the Ambassador Bridge in Detroit. The Anthony Wayne Bridge was completed in 1931 at a cost of $2.6 million. Today, the High Level carries Ohio state routes 2, 51 and 65 over the Maumee River.
Named after General Anthony Wayne, this bridge has three spans suspended by steel cables. The main span is 785 feet long and the two “side spans” are 233 feet long. It is the last suspension bridge on the Ohio state highway network after the Fort Steuben Bridge was demolished in 2012. This last photo features a few of the workers who built this Toledo icon standing on one of the bridge’s peaks with downtown Toledo in the background.
For our first brewery site, head east over the High Level bridge and turn HARD left on Potter, left on Greenwood Avenue, right on Oak Street. Go ahead and click on the next button and listen to some East Toledo history as you head toward the corner of Oak and Front and pull over at the Bus Stop in front of Universal Urethane Products.