When Joe Harris decided to put up a cabin on the banks of Portage River, he became the first white man to be a permanent resident of what was to become Elmore, Ohio. While some thought building in the middle of the Great Black Swamp was a poor choice, home to many wolves and thousands of mosquitoes, the location was actually ideal for easily crossing the Portage River with the sloping banks on both sides. When the railroad came through, Elmore (for awhile) was the largest community in Ottawa County.
Elmore has a population hovering around 1,500 residents with many attractions. We still live with strong memories of our past with an active historical society and many antique stores. We also enjoy our growing relationship with Schedel Gardens, one of the most beautiful arboretums in Ohio. The swamp has since been drained and now feature productive farm lands. The Woodmore School System, which is a combination of both Elmore and Woodville residents, has been rated "excellent" by the State of Ohio.
Elmore has maintained its small town atmosphere while being able to take advantage of our proximity to Toledo to have easy access to big town opportunities for jobs and entertainment.
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