Toledo set to celebrate 142nd birthday with a bang


It’s not every day a community turns 142 years old. When it does, it’s cause for celebration.

Lewis County residents can celebrate Toledo’s birthday during an event to raise funds for the Toledo History Museum. The Toledo Historical Society will hold a birthday social from 4 to 8 p.m. on Oct. 7 at Steamboat Landing, across from Donna’s Place. Admission is free with a donation of a Toledo-related item, including but not limited to old photographs, old newspapers, yearbooks, posters and artifacts such as period clothing, flags, bottles, radios, tools, dolls or art.

Donations via credit card, cash or check will be accepted in place of a historical item.

Named after a passing riverboat, the town is one of 11 locations named Toledo in the U.S. and one of 45 around the world.

Attendees should dress in attire of their favorite decade, and voting for best costume will begin at 6 p.m.

Birthday cake, beverages and appetizers donated by Chris and Dan Gorten of Bonanza BBQ will be available. Pat Herold will play live music at the celebration.

Residents and guests will also be asked to share stories of their time in Toledo.