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Discover downtown Toledo with summer walking tours

Explore downtown Toledo this summer with free, guided lunchtime tours.

The walking tour season runs from Thursday, July 10, through Thursday, Sept. 4.

The tours will be given from noon to 1 p.m. with the exception of the St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church tour July 17, which will begin at 1 p.m. Adventures include visits to the Casey Pomeroy House, Uptown neighborhood and Forest Cemetery.

“Discover Downtown Toledo Tours have been enlightening Toledoans and summer visitors for more than 30 years,” said Sue Wuest, assistant director of The University of Toledo Urban Affairs Center. “We try to update the tours and add new tours each year. Also, to add variety, we have added tours that go beyond the boundaries of downtown Toledo. The 2014 tour schedule has many brand new tours and new twists, and features have been added to some old favorites.”


Early birds previewed the 2014 season with a special tour of the newly renovated Waite High School as it celebrates its 100th anniversary.

Tours, which include a copy of the award-winning Discover Downtown Toledo Walking Tour Guidebook, will take place rain or shine and are sponsored by UT Urban Affairs Center and the Toledo-Lucas County Public Library.

The tour schedule is:

 July 10 — “All Aboard! Amtrak Station and MLK Plaza.” Tour Martin Luther King Plaza, which houses Toledo’s train station. Meet in the upper level of the Toledo Central Union Plaza, 415 Emerald Ave. Parking available near Children’s Park.
 July 17 — St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church. Built in 1850, it was the Toledo Catholic Dioceses’ Cathedral from 1910 to 1940. Meet at Cherry and Superior streets. Tour will begin at 1 p.m.
•  July 24 — “The View From the Rooftop.” What can you see from the rooftop of the Toledo-Lucas County Public Library Main Branch? Meet at 325 N. Michigan St. in front of the library.
•  July 31 — “Inside the Gems of Madison Avenue.” Explore some of the magnificent lobbies of the Madison Avenue treasures. Meet at Huron Street and Madison Avenue at Huntington Bank.
•  Aug. 7 — Casey Pomeroy House. See what comes after an extreme makeover. Meet at 802 Huron St.
•  Aug. 14 — The Maritime Academy of Toledo. Check out the tuition-free school that uses high-tech equipment to prepare youth for maritime careers. Meet at 803 Water St. across from WTOL.
•  Aug. 21 — “What’s Making Uptown Even More Hip?” See the progress on the development of the cool Uptown neighborhood. Meet at Madison Avenue and 18th Street.
•  Aug. 28 — Oliver House. Discover the oldest commercial building in Toledo. Meet at 27 Broadway St. in the historic lobby of the building.
•  Sept. 4 — Forest Cemetery. Established in 1839, it is Toledo’s oldest municipally owned cemetery, which covers 145 acres and is the final resting place for many of Toledo’s historic figures. Meet at the main gate at 1704 Mulberry St. Park on the right side of the roadway.

Parking on downtown Toledo streets is free between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.

Visit the UT Urban Affairs Center website at to find the full tour schedule and a link to a map of each starting location.

For more information about the Discover Downtown Toledo Walking Tours, contact Irene Martin, a librarian and preservationist at the Toledo-Lucas County Public Library, at 419.259.5233 or

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The Blade (July 18, 2014)

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