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"Ohio, a north central state of the American Union, bounded N. by the state of Michigan and Lake Erie, E. by Pennsylvania and West Virginia, S. by West Virginia and Kentucky, and W. by Indiana. The state limits include nearly all the Wine Islands of Lake Erie, along which lake the state has a water-front of 230 miles, while the navigable Ohio River divides it from West Virginia and Kentucky, washing the S.E. and S. border of the state for 436 miles. The longest E. and W, measurement is 225 miles; N. and S., 205 miles. Area, 41,060 square miles, of which about one-third is under cultivation, one-fifth pasture, and one sixth woodland. But a small percentage is unproductive...

The principal cities and towns, following the census of 1890, are Cincinnati, the largest city, and a great" port and manufacturing centre (pop. 296,90s); Columbus, the capital (1880, 51,647; 1890, 88,150); Cleveland. principal lake-port (261.353); Toledo (81.434), Dayton, 61,220), Youngstown (33,220), Springfield (31.89%); Akron (27,601), Canton (26,189), Zanesville (21,009), Findlay (18,533), Sandusky (18,471), Hamilton (17,565), Lima (15,981), Newark (14,270), Mansfield (13,473), Steubenville (13,394), Portsmouth (12,394), Chillicothe (11,288), East Liverpool (10,956), Ironton (10,939), Tiffin (10,801), Massillon (10,092), Bellaire (99.34), Piqua (90.90), Ashtabnla (8338), Marion (8327), Marietta (8273), Delaware (8224), Defiance (7694), Middletown (7681), Alliance (7607), Lan caster (7555), Xenia (7301), Norwalk (7195), Fremont (7144), Fostoria (7070), Circleville (6556), Urbana (6510), Galion (6326), Martin Ferry (6250), Mount Vernon (6027), Bucyrus (5974), Warren (5973), besides many other thriving towns like Wooster, Salem, Washington, Elyria, Kenton, Van Wert, Greenville, Wellsville, &c., some of them populous, and many having important industrial and commercial interests..."

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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  • 1748 - Ohio Company of Virginia organized to begin Ohio settlement

    The World Almanac of the U.S.A, by Allan Carpenter and Carl Provorse, 1996

  • 1803 - Ohio became 17th state, first state west of Allegheny Mountains; Chillicothe named state capital

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  • February 6, 1807 - It was the famous "Cold Friday" in the Midwest and South. The temperature did not rise above zero in Ohio and Kentucky.

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  • 1810 - Zanesville named state capital of Ohio

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  • 1811 - First steamship sails on Ohio River

    The World Almanac of the U.S.A, by Allan Carpenter and Carl Provorse, 1996

  • 1816 - State capital relocated to Columbus

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  • 1832 - Ohio and Lake Erie Canal opened

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  • 1835 - Boundary dispute between Ohio and Michigan caused Toledo War; Ohio granted contested lands around Toledo

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  • 1852 - Ohio was the first state to enact laws protecting working women.

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  • News 1860 - May 1 – A Chondrite-type meteorite falls to earth in Muskingum County, Ohio near the town of New Concord.

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    May 1, 1860

  • 1870 - John D. Rockefeller founded Standard Oil; Benjamin Goodrich opened rubber plant in Akron

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  • 1876 - December 29 – The Ashtabula River Railroad bridge disaster occurs, leaving 92 dead.

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    December 29, 1876

  • Ohio, USA
    1800s A. B. Chase Organ Co.
    Norwalk, O.
  • Ohio, USA
    1880s
    Vacuum Harness Oil
    Ruhl Bros.
    Findlay, Ohio
  • News 1886 - ANOTHER TORNADO CAUSES GREAT DEVASTATION IN OHIO. HANCOCK, HARDIN AND ADJACENT COUNTIES ARE VISITED BY A TERRIFIC CYCLONE, DESTROYING LIFE AND PROPERTY.
    A terrible tornado swept over the southern part of Hancock and northern part of Hardin county at a late hour Friday night carrying death and...Read MORE...


  • News 1887 - COLLISION, FIRE AND EXPLOSION.
    FOREST, Ohio, Sept. 19. - Special Telegram - Early this morning the second section on freight train No. 71, on the Pittsburg, Fort Wayne and Chicago...Read MORE...


  • News 1888 - In the Ohio Legislature a bill was introduced on the 9th fixing passenger rates at two cents per mile on all railroads in the State.

    St Joseph Herald
    Saint Joseph, Michigan
    January 14, 1888

  • News 1894 - March 25 – Coxey's Army (of the unemployed), the first significant protest march in the United States, departs from Massillon, Ohio, for Washington, D.C.

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    March 25, 1894

  • Ohio, USA
    "Dueber Grand" Ladies' and Gentlemen's Riding Wheel
    The Only Strictly High-Grade Bicycle Made in America
    Price, $55.00 Net Cash

    The Dueber Watch Works
    Canton, Ohio, U.S.A.

    The Ladies' Home Journal
    February 1898
  • 1899 - First full time automobile service station was opened in 1899 in Ohio.

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  • 1900 - Ohio gave America its first hot dog in 1900. Harry M. Stevens created the popular dining dog.

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    Wonderful Stone Quarries, Berea, O.
  • Ohio, USA
    Government Square, looking toward the Fountain, Cincinnati, O.
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  • 1903 - Wright brothers, Orville and Wilbur, began building airplanes in Dayton, Ohio

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  • News 1908 - August 8 – The Hoover Company of Canton, Ohio, acquires manufacturing rights to the upright portable vacuum cleaner just invented by James M. Spangler.

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    August 8, 1908

  • News 1924 - June 28 – A tornado touches down in Lorain, Ohio and kills 78 people.

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    June 28, 1924

  • 1925 - Shenandoan dirigible crashed, killed 14

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  • Ohio, USA
    Scotts 5 & 10 cent Store, Akron, Ohio
  • 1937 - Ohio River flooded, 750,000 people left homeless; East Ohio Gas Co. explosion killed 131

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  • 1938 - Teflon invented by Ohioan Roy J. Plunkett

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  • 1958 - St. Lawrence Seaway completed


  • 1970 - Kent State shootings - May 4 - Kent, Ohio

    May 4, 1970

  • News 1973 - February 12 – Ohio becomes the first U.S. state to post distance in metric on signs

    February 12, 1973



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