Peoria, Ohio

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Peoria, Ohio
Unincorporated community
Peoria, Ohio is located in Ohio
Peoria, Ohio
Peoria, Ohio
Location of Peoria, Ohio
Coordinates: 40°18′50″N 83°26′45″W / 40.31389°N 83.44583°W / 40.31389; -83.44583
Country United States
State Ohio
Counties Union
Elevation[1] 1,030 ft (314 m)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP codes 43067, 43040
Area code(s) 937
GNIS feature ID 1049075[1]

Peoria is an unincorporated community in Liberty Township, Union County, Ohio, United States. It is located at 40°18′50″N 83°26′45″W / 40.31389°N 83.44583°W / 40.31389; -83.44583Coordinates: 40°18′50″N 83°26′45″W / 40.31389°N 83.44583°W / 40.31389; -83.44583,[2] along Raymond Road, about 1.75 miles south of Raymond and 6.5 miles northwest of Marysville.[3]

A post office was established in Peoria on September 26, 1872; it was closed on August 11, 1967.[4] The mail service is now sent through the Columbus regional mail sorting facility,[4] and distributed through the Marysville and Raymond local post offices.[5]

Origins[edit]

The town was originally platted by Joseph K. Richey in 1870. His plat included 28 "town lots" of roughly 66' by 165' size, about 1/4 acre per lot. The town was established at the junction of what were then the Erie Railroad and the Toledo & Ohio Central (T&OC) Railroad. The Peoria railroad station, situated at the grade crossing of the two lines, was the only depot in Liberty Township that could accommodate both freight and passengers. The station also featured water and a coaling tower. Remnants of the foundations of these structures are still visible today.

Largely because of the railroad station and the post office established there in 1872, Peoria quickly became a commercial center, featuring stores, churches, warehouses, small businesses—including a barber shop and a mill—and a public school. The population of the village was estimated at 150 in 1910.[6]

Peoria today[edit]

The commercial enterprises of the past in Peoria no longer exist. The school and the churches are also gone. With the closing of the post office in 1967, the town became primarily residential, with commerce flowing to nearby Raymond and Marysville. Population today is estimated to be roughly the same as in 1910—around 150.

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