Place:Antwerp, Paulding, Ohio, United States

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NameAntwerp
TypeVillage
Coordinates41.18°N 84.739°W
Located inPaulding, Ohio, United States
Contained Places
Cemetery
Forder Cemetery
Maumee Cemetery
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Antwerp is a village in Paulding County, Ohio, United States, along the Maumee River. The population was 1,736 at the 2010 census.

Antwerp is the nearest village to the Six Mile Reservoir, the site of the Reservoir War in 1887. Antwerp is the birthplace of Asa Long, the English draughts player. The place is named after the Belgian city of Antwerp.

History

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Antwerp is located in the former wetland region known until the 19th century as the Great Black Swamp. The area was avoided by the early settlers due to its thick forestation and extensive swamps and marshes. After the area had been drained, small industries developed here, and the construction of the canals along the Maumee River in the 1840s and the land reclamation project that followed helped convert the former swamplands into fertile farmlands, leading to the growth of a farming community in Antwerp.

In the late 19th century, Antwerp was the largest village in Paulding County; its economy was driven by a lucrative local logging industry. Accordingly, when the Wabash, St. Louis and Pacific Railway decided to erect a train station in the village, it was built larger than stations in most other communities in the region. After the train station closed in 1976, it was purchased by the local historical society; today, it is listed on the National Register of Historic Places as the "Antwerp Norfolk and Western Depot".

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