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    Trianon Ballroom and the Toledo Club

    Trianon Ballroom and the Toledo Club on Toledo, Ohio audio tour Unholy Toledo Tour: Gambling and Gangsters in the Glass City

    Pull over here where you can.

    This area was a happening spot in the '20s and 30's. The Trianon Ballroom sat to our right where the Toledo School for the Arts sits today. With its 60 by the 180-foot dance floor, this was the place for a night of dancing. Giant mirrored balls showered dancers in diamonds of light - way before disco was ever hip. Big bands came from all around to play Toledo's Trianon, including Benny Goodman, Glen Miller, and the Dorsey Brothers with Toledo's own Helen O'Connell.

    Just up the street is the Toledo Club. Although this exclusive, private club was able to keep the riffraff out, its members did gamble heavily during the Unholy Toledo era. The second-floor balcony overlooking the Centennial Room built quite a reputation by hosting many nights of high-end stakes gambling parties.

    Continue along 14th. You'll soon be turning right on Jefferson.

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Unholy Toledo Tour: Gambling and Gangsters in the Glass City