COLUMBUS AND TOLEDO RAILROAD DEDICATION
November 1, 1876
My friends – The closing observation of my friend would embarrass me if I proposed to say anything about it. I am here today with a number of gentlemen friends from Columbus, who thought it a good thing to make the trip with the first train over your new road. I recognize the fact that it is the duty of your Governor when called upon by any portion of his fellow-citizens to respond to their call. Our new road is an object that we are all interested in, and I think the people of Marion will find it of value to your growing village. Running from north to south it crosses the four great leading lines of the Nation—the New York Central, or Lake Shore, at Toledo, the Baltimore and Ohio at Fostoria, the Atlantic and Great Western at this point, and the Pan-Handle at Columbus. By crossing these thorough-fares it connects all along its line with the great routes of the country. It is interesting from another point of view. The work on this line was commenced, I believe, only a year ago last August, and now it nearly approaches completion throughout its entire length. To me the road is also interesting by contrast with the old modes of travel which it supercedes. My first acquaintance with Marion was by way of the old stage line of Neil, Moore & Co., when in good weather we could leave Columbus in the morning and reach Sandusky the same day. But I recall the fact that on one occasion in 1846, starting from Columbus, it took me two days and two nights to reach this place. Now we are able to accomplish the same distance in easy, comfortable cars, in a couple of hours.
I think I have recognized my unwritten duty as Governor to respond to the call of the people; and I also recognize another duty, that he should not detain them too long. I therefore bid you good day