Happy Michigan Owned Day

By Jason Priestas on December 14, 2006 at 7:47 am
Toledo Strip

On this day in 1836, the Toledo War ended. Also known as the Ohio-Michigan war, the Toledo War arose from a dispute between the state of Ohio and the territory of Michigan over a 468 square mile strip along the border, known as the Toledo Strip. To make a long story short, the governor of Ohio and Michigan's 24-year-old (??!!) governor were both unwilling to give up the land, so a series of laws were passed by each forbidding citizens from recognizing the other state's authority over the land and eventually, militias were posted on each side of the Maumee River. The conflict grew intense and although there were no casualties, shots were fired and Ohio and Michigan were on the verge of all out war before the federal government intervened. As part of the compromise, Michigan was given the Upper Peninsula while Ohio was given control of the Toledo Strip.

Ohioans could argue now that we got the raw end of the deal (sorry Toledoans), but thankfully the taunting aspect of this war lives on every November.