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Akron, Ohio, USA

"Akron, a beautiful and flourishing city, the capital of Summit co., 0, is a manufacturing, mineral, and railroad centre,39 miles by rail S. by E. of Cleveland, 131 miles by rail N.E. of Columbus, and 252 miles by rail N.E. of Cincinnati. It is on the Ohio Canal, 960 feet above the level of the sea, and 400 feet above the level of Lake Erie. It has an active trade in grain and extensive manufactures of agricultural implements. Akron has 33 churches, 7 banks, public schools, a high school which cost $100,000, a public library, boiler-works, brick- and fire-brick-works, a paint and oil-factory, a harness factory, a sewer-pipe factory, a stoneware-factory, hard-rubber works, a twine- and cordage factory, a shirt-factory, soap-works, knife-works, an ice factory, a roller flour-mill, stove-works, a match-factory, and lumber-mills. Two daily, 1 tri-weekly, and 4 weekly newspapers are published here. Akron is the seat of Buchtel College (Universalist), founded in 1872. Coal is mined near this city. Pop, in 1880, 16,512; in 1890, 27,601."

Lippincott's Gazetteer of the World: A Complete Pronouncing Gazetteer Or Geographical Dictionary of the World Containing Notices of Over One Hundred and Twenty-five Thousand Places ...
Joseph Thomas
January 1, 1895
J.B. Lippincott



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  • 1825 - Akron, Ohio founded

    www.wikipedia.org

  • 1839 - Charles Goodyear of Akron developed the process of vulcanizing rubber.

    www.ereferencedesk.com/ resources/ state-facts/ ohio.html

  • 1854 - Akron
    Akron, a beautiful and flourishing town of Portage township, and capital of Summit county, Ohio, on the Ohio and Erie canal, at its junction with the ...Read MORE...


  • News 1888 - Joseph Dickenhof, aged seventy years, was assaulted by highwaymen at Akron, O., on the evening of the 31st ult. and robbed of $7,300 which he carried in a valise.


    St Joseph Herald
    Saint Joseph, Michigan
    November 3, 1888

  • News 1890 - TORNADO AT AKRON, OHIO. A PATH CUT THROUGH THE CITY AND MANY BUILDINGS DEMOLISHED.
    Akron, Ohio, May 12. - Saturday was a bad day for this city. A terrible cyclone moved down upon us, causing great damage. Professor Egbert, of...Read MORE...


  • 1895 - Akron
    Akron, a beautiful and flourishing city, the capital of Summit co., 0, is a manufacturing, mineral, and railroad centre,39 miles by rail S. by E. of...Read MORE...


  • News 1897 - OPERA HOUSE BURNED.
    Akron, O., July 19. - The Academy of Music block, containing the local opera house, was almost destroyed by fire Sunday. The loss on the block, owned ...Read MORE...


  • News 1899 - SMOLDERING RUINS. MAIN BUILDING OF BUCHTEL COLLEGE DESTROYED BY FIRE.
    Akron, O., Dec. 21. - The main building of Buchtel college, including all the laboratories, library, men's and women's dormitories, was burned to the ...Read MORE...


  • 1900 - August 3 - Harvey Firestone starts the Firestone Tire and Rubber Company in Akron, Ohio.

    http://www.independentsentinel.com/

  • Akron, Ohio, USA
    University of Akron and Chemical Laboratory. Akron, Ohio.
  • Akron, Ohio, USA
    Police Station, Akron, Ohio.
  • 1901 - April 20 - Akron OH established April snow records of 15.6 inches in 24 hours, and 26.6 inches for the month.

    The Weather Channel

  • News 1909 - $1,500,000 FIRE IN AKRON, O. FLAMES DESTROY WHOLE BLOCK - SEVERAL NARROWLY ESCAPE.
    Akron, O. - May 18. - Fire in the seven-story Hower Power block today practically destroyed the building and its contents, causing a loss which it is ...Read MORE...


  • 1916
    Akron, a city, the capital of Summit co., Ohio, and a manufacturing, mineral, and railroad centre, 39 miles S. by E. of Cleveland, on the Baltimore...Read MORE...


  • News 1928 - FOUR AKRON BOYS KILLED BY BLAST. FIRED DRUM OF BENZINE UNDER SHED. THREE BROTHERS AND PLAYMATE DIE AND FIFTH OF GROUP MAY LIVE ALTHOUGH BADLY BURNED.
    Akron, April 30 - Four boys, three of them brothers, were killed and a fifth was seriously injured when a steel drum of benzine exploded in a shed at ...Read MORE...


  • Akron, Ohio, USA
    Scotts 5 & 10 cent Store, Akron, Ohio
  • News 1935 - June 10 – Alcoholics Anonymous is founded in Akron, Ohio by William G. Wilson and Dr. Robert Smith.

    www.wikipedia.org
    June 10, 1935

  • News 1940 - June 5 - 1st synthetic rubber tire exhibited (Akron Ohio)

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    June 5, 1940

  • 1947 - May 11 - BF Goodrich announced the development of tubeless tire (Akron Ohio)

    historyorb.com

  • 1948 - September 7 - 1st use of synthetic rubber in asphaltic concrete, Akron Ohio

    historyorb.com

  • 1953 - July 19 - WAKR TV channel 23 in Akron, OH (ABC) begins broadcasting

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  • 1825 - Akron, Ohio founded

    www.wikipedia.org
  • 1839 - Charles Goodyear of Akron developed the process of vulcanizing rubber.

    www.ereferencedesk.com/ resources/ state-facts/ ohio.html
  • 1854 - Akron
    Akron, a beautiful and flourishing town of Portage township, and capital of Summit county, Ohio, on the Ohio and Erie canal, at its junction with the ... Read MORE...

  • News  1888 - Joseph Dickenhof, aged seventy years, was assaulted by highwaymen at Akron, O., on the evening of the 31st ult. and robbed of $7,300 which he carried in a valise.

    St Joseph Herald
    Saint Joseph, Michigan
    November 3, 1888
  • News  1890 - TORNADO AT AKRON, OHIO. A PATH CUT THROUGH THE CITY AND MANY BUILDINGS DEMOLISHED.
    Akron, Ohio, May 12. - Saturday was a bad day for this city. A terrible cyclone moved down upon us, causing great damage. Professor Egbert, of... Read MORE...

  • 1895 - Akron
    Akron, a beautiful and flourishing city, the capital of Summit co., 0, is a manufacturing, mineral, and railroad centre,39 miles by rail S. by E. of... Read MORE...

  • News  1897 - OPERA HOUSE BURNED.
    Akron, O., July 19. - The Academy of Music block, containing the local opera house, was almost destroyed by fire Sunday. The loss on the block, owned ... Read MORE...

  • News  1899 - SMOLDERING RUINS. MAIN BUILDING OF BUCHTEL COLLEGE DESTROYED BY FIRE.
    Akron, O., Dec. 21. - The main building of Buchtel college, including all the laboratories, library, men's and women's dormitories, was burned to the ... Read MORE...

  • 1900 - August 3 - Harvey Firestone starts the Firestone Tire and Rubber Company in Akron, Ohio.

    http://www.independentsentinel.com/
  • 1901 - April 20 - Akron OH established April snow records of 15.6 inches in 24 hours, and 26.6 inches for the month.

    The Weather Channel
  • News  1909 - $1,500,000 FIRE IN AKRON, O. FLAMES DESTROY WHOLE BLOCK - SEVERAL NARROWLY ESCAPE.
    Akron, O. - May 18. - Fire in the seven-story Hower Power block today practically destroyed the building and its contents, causing a loss which it is ... Read MORE...

  • 1916
    Akron, a city, the capital of Summit co., Ohio, and a manufacturing, mineral, and railroad centre, 39 miles S. by E. of Cleveland, on the Baltimore... Read MORE...

  • News  1928 - FOUR AKRON BOYS KILLED BY BLAST. FIRED DRUM OF BENZINE UNDER SHED. THREE BROTHERS AND PLAYMATE DIE AND FIFTH OF GROUP MAY LIVE ALTHOUGH BADLY BURNED.
    Akron, April 30 - Four boys, three of them brothers, were killed and a fifth was seriously injured when a steel drum of benzine exploded in a shed at ... Read MORE...

  • News  1935 - June 10 – Alcoholics Anonymous is founded in Akron, Ohio by William G. Wilson and Dr. Robert Smith.

    www.wikipedia.org
    June 10, 1935
  • News  1940 - June 5 - 1st synthetic rubber tire exhibited (Akron Ohio)

    historyorb.com
    June 5, 1940
  • 1947 - May 11 - BF Goodrich announced the development of tubeless tire (Akron Ohio)

    historyorb.com
  • 1948 - September 7 - 1st use of synthetic rubber in asphaltic concrete, Akron Ohio

    historyorb.com
  • 1953 - July 19 - WAKR TV channel 23 in Akron, OH (ABC) begins broadcasting

    historyorb.com

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