July 2010
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Village of Whitehouse

Village of Whitehouse

Whitehouse is a growing village located in southwest Lucas County, in the Oak Openings region and near other protected parklands including Blue Creek Conservation Area. The village population has grown by several hundred in the last few years. In the 2000 Census, population was estimated at 2,733. In 2010 the population is now about 4,000. Land use within the 3.5 square miles of the village is mostly residential but includes some growing industrial and business properties.

In the 1800s, the Oak Openings region was a relatively elevated area in the middle of the Great Black Swamp. Because of the surrounding swampland, transportation even to nearby settlements was a challenge. In 1853, the land that is now Whitehouse was sold to people associated with the Toledo-Illinois railroad. Within a few years, the Toledo-Illinois was consolidated with the Lake Erie-Wabash and the St. Louis railroad. The rails made movement of goods much easier. Because of the difficulty of getting around and farming the swampy territory, it was not until July 5, 1864 that the plat of the village was officially recorded.

These days the village is a busy place. The large parks attract birders and hikers. Residents celebrate the annual cherry festival in June. The rails, which had served their purpose of opening up the area for settlement, have been converted to the Wabash Cannonball Trail, a 63-mile triangle of trails for walking and running, biking and rollerblading.

First-term Mayor of Whitehouse Angela Kuhn values the networking opportunities at TMACOG. She said, “TMACOG offers the opportunity for entities to come together and work toward a common goal.  At their meetings and workshops we can build relationships with others who share the challenges we face, and the opportunity to share resources.  TMACOG is a great resource for our entire region, especially for transportation and environmental issues.”

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