Toledo Fire Department Memorial; Anthony Wayne Trail Fire (1961)
This memorial was dedicated in 1963 and commemorates the firefighters and Toledo residents who perished in one of the city's worst disasters. On June 10, 1961 where Vinton Street meets the Anthony Wayne Trail, a tanker truck that was coming towards River Road uncontrollably flipped over and burst into flames. The truck burned for about fifteen minutes before exploding. Four Toledo firefighters perished while they battled the blaze while another six were injured along with 81 civilians who were also injured.
Backstory and Context
In 1792, Wayne was appointed by President George Washington to serve as commander in chief of the U.S. Army. He had a victory at the Battle of Fallen Timbers which enabled Wayne to negotiate the Treaty of Greenville. Anthony Wayne was revered as one of America’s great soldiers, and the Anthony Wayne Trail is just one of the many places named after General Wayne. Today, Wayne's skill as a military leader is tempered by a recognition that many of the Native American tribes he fought were trying to defend lands that had been guaranteed to them by previous treaties.
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"Gas tanker explodes on Anthony Wayne Trail, February 10, 2011, http://www.toledohistorybox.com/2011/02/10/gasoline-tanker-explodes-on-anthony-wayne-trail/