With the Treaty of Greenville in 1795 the Indian Nations ceded southern and eastern Ohio to white settlement. The Treaty of Fort Industry in 1805 moved the boundary westward to a line 120 miles (190 km) west of Pennsylvania, which coincided with the western boundary of the Firelands of the Connecticut Western Reserve. In 1807, the Treaty of Detroit called for the cession of lands northwest of the Maumee River, mostly in the Michigan Territory. The area between the Maumee River and the 1805 boundary remained Indian Lands, and thus, the United States could not legally build a road connecting settlements in Ohio and the Michigan Territory. This area was also in the Great Black Swamp, and would require much engineering effort and funds to cross with a road.
On November 25, 1808, at Brownstown in Michigan Territory, the United States and five nations of Indians signed the Treaty of Brownstown. Article II of the treaty called for the Indian Nations to cede to the United States a tract of land two miles (3 km) wide from Perrysburg, Ohio on the Maumee River to Bellevue, Ohio on the western edge of the Western Reserve so the United States could build a road 120 feet (37 m) wide to connect their disconnected lands.
In 1811, Congress appropriated $6,000 to explore, survey and mark a road sixty feet wide. In 1815, Congress made provisions to survey the lands one mile (1.6 km) either side of the road path into tracts running parallel and perpendicular to path of the road, and sell them at the Canton Land Office. In 1816, the President was authorized to move the path of the road to pass through Fremont. No action was taken on these counts, so, in 1820, the Ohio legislature asked Congress to take action.
All the land between the Maumee River and the Western Reserve was ceded by the Indians with the Treaty of Fort Meigs in 1817, and surveyed into townships and sections in the Congress Lands North and East of the First Principal Meridian in 1821.
Grant by Congress
In 1823, Congress authorized the state of Ohio to build the road, and granted land to the state 120 feet (37 m) wide, plus one mile (1.6 km) on each side of the road, bounded by sectional lines. This grant became known as the “Maumee Road Lands“. In 1825 Ohio appropriated moneys to build the road, and provided for sale of granted lands to pay for it. The section of road is about 46 miles (74 km) long, and the land granted to Ohio amounted to about 60,000 acres (240 km2) in Wood and Sandusky counties.
United States Route 20 is situated along the Maumee road.
- 7 Stat. 49 - Text of Treaty of Greenville Library of Congress
- 7 Stat. 87 - Text of Treaty of Fort Industry Library of Congress
- 7 Stat. 105 - Text of Treaty of Detroit Library of Congress
- 7 Stat. 112 - Text of Treaty of Brownstown Library of Congress
- 2 Stat. 668 - Text of Act of December 12, 1811 Library of Congress
- 3 Stat. 201 - Text of Act of February 4, 1815 Library of Congress
- 3 Stat. 284 - Text of Act of April 16, 1816 Library of Congress
- Peters, p. 317.
- 7 Stat. 160 - Text of Treaty of Fort Meigs Library of Congress
- 3 Stat. 727 - Text of Act of February 28, 1823 Library of Congress
- Peters, p. 319-320.
- Peters, William E (1918). Ohio Lands and Their Subdivision. W.E. Peters.