Sandusky, Ohio was first established in the late 18th century.   The one period of time during which Sandusky’s growth halted was during a cholera epidemic in the early days of when it was first becoming established.  Despite this, the area did not fail to be an important area in the history of the United States during that time period.  During the War of 1812, the Battle of Lake Erie was fought near the shores of South Bass Island, near Sandusky, an important piece of the history of that time.  In the Civil War, a nearby local prison (Johnson's Island)served to hold prisoners in the area.

Sandusky is considered to be one of the most well-known Midwestern vacation spots, primarily because of the huge number of tourists who come to the area to see Cedar Point, a nationally-known amusement park.  Cedar Point was established just before the beginning of the twentieth century and Sandusky has been a tourist spot ever since.

Sandusky has had to constantly work to accommodate the growth of the area.  As a result, the history of Sandusky is rich with important moments, such as being the groundbreaking location for the Mad River and Lake Erie Railroad.  Downtown Sandusky was designed to be able to accommodate changing traffic needs.  Interestingly, the design of the downtown streets is said to be linked to symbols of freemasonry and was created by Hector Kilbourne, a known free mason.  More information on freemasonry and what this might mean to the area of Sandusky can be found at


Please also look at the history of Fort Sandusky

Sandusky and the surrounding area is also referred to as The Firelands.  This land was given in the late 18th century and early 19th century to residents of Connecticuit who lost their homes and property to fire from British Troops during the Revolution.

In the early 20th century, George Boeckling helped shape Cedar Point into an amusement park, and also helped further develop the town itself.