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 Ohio, USA

In 1803, Ohio was the first state to be carved out of the Northwest Territory. The Europeans who settled this region found hardwood forests that covered 95 percent of the land. Much of southern Ohio through which the ADT runs is still heavily wooded. The Appalachian Plateau in eastern Ohio has narrow valleys, steep hills, and many caves.
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Ohio is the leading producer of greenhouse and nursery plants.

Seven United States presidents were born in Ohio. They are: Ulysses S. Grant, Rutherford B. Hayes, James A. Garfield, Benjamin Harrison, William McKinley, William H. Taft, and Warren G. Harding.

Some well-known personalities were born in Ohio. Among them Steven Spielberg, Paul Newman, Annie Oakley, Arsenio Hall and Clark Gable.

The first full time automobile service station was opened in 1899 in Ohio.

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

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

50states.com

Although Ohio is listed as the 17th state in the U.S., it is technically 47th because Congress forgot to vote on a resolution to admit it to the Union until 1953. legendsofamerica.com



There is MUCH more to discover about Ohio, USA. Read on!
  • 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

    www.worldatlas.com/ webimage/ countrys/ namerica/ usstates/ ohtimeln.htm

  • 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.

    WeatherForYou.com

  • 1810 - Zanesville named state capital of Ohio

    www.worldatlas.com/ webimage/ countrys/ namerica/ usstates/ ohtimeln.htm

  • 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

    www.worldatlas.com/ webimage/ countrys/ namerica/ usstates/ ohtimeln.htm

  • 1832 - Ohio and Lake Erie Canal opened

    www.worldatlas.com/ webimage/ countrys/ namerica/ usstates/ ohtimeln.htm

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

    www.worldatlas.com/ webimage/ countrys/ namerica/ usstates/ ohtimeln.htm

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

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

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

    www.wikipedia.org

    May 1, 1860

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

    www.worldatlas.com/ webimage/ countrys/ namerica/ usstates/ ohtimeln.htm

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

    www.wikipedia.org

    December 29, 1876

  •  Ohio, USA
    1800s A. B. Chase Organ Co.
    Norwalk, O.
    Advertisement
  •  Ohio, USA
    1880s
    Vacuum Harness Oil
    Ruhl Bros.
    Findlay, Ohio
    Advertisement
  •  Ohio, USA
    The American Account Register System, Salem, Ohio
    centralnevadamuseum.com
  • News 1883 - Advice - Keep it to Yourself
    You have trouble - your feelings are injured, your husband is unkind, your wife frets, your home is not pleasant your friends do not treat yon...Read MORE...


  • 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 - Gold Rings in a Bird's Nest
    FINDLEY, Ohio, April 18 - This morning three or four boys were plaving on the Toledo, Columbus and Southern Railroad bridge when they discovered a...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

  •  Ohio, USA
    Otto Schumann
    Furniture Store
    316 & 318 W. Federal St.
    Youngstown, Ohio
    Advertisement
  •  Ohio, USA
    Quaker Oat Mill Company, Ravenna, Ohio ad
    Advertisement
  • 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.

    www.wikipedia.org

    March 25, 1894

  • 1895 - Ohio
    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...Read MORE...


  •  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
    Advertisement
  • 1899 - First full time automobile service station was opened in 1899 in Ohio.

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

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

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

  •  Ohio, USA
    Wonderful Stone Quarries, Berea, O.
    Postcard
  •  Ohio, USA
    Government Square, looking toward the Fountain, Cincinnati, O.
    Postcard
  •  Ohio, USA

    (IL) - Chicago Tribune, Chicago, Illinois
  • 1903 - Wright brothers, Orville and Wilbur, began building airplanes in Dayton, Ohio

    www.worldatlas.com/ webimage/ countrys/ namerica/ usstates/ ohtimeln.htm

  • 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.

    www.wikipedia.org

    August 8, 1908

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

    www.wikipedia.org

    June 28, 1924

  • 1925 - Shenandoan dirigible crashed, killed 14

    www.worldatlas.com/ webimage/ countrys/ namerica/ usstates/ ohtimeln.htm

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

    www.worldatlas.com/ webimage/ countrys/ namerica/ usstates/ ohtimeln.htm

  • 1938 - Teflon invented by Ohioan Roy J. Plunkett

    www.worldatlas.com/ webimage/ countrys/ namerica/ usstates/ ohtimeln.htm

  • 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



Old Photos, Pictures, Advertisements and Postcards from Ohio, USA


Ohio, USA

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1800s A. B. Chase Organ Co.
Norwalk, O.

Ohio, USA

Advertisement
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1880s
Vacuum Harness Oil
Ruhl Bros.
Findlay, Ohio

Ohio, USA

centralnevadamuseum.com
Pinterest
The American Account Register System, Salem, Ohio

Ohio, USA

Advertisement
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Otto Schumann
Furniture Store
316 & 318 W. Federal St.
Youngstown, Ohio

Ohio, USA

Advertisement
Pinterest
Quaker Oat Mill Company, Ravenna, Ohio ad

Ohio, USA

Advertisement
Pinterest
"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

Ohio, USA

Postcard
Pinterest
Wonderful Stone Quarries, Berea, O.

Ohio, USA

Postcard
Pinterest
Government Square, looking toward the Fountain, Cincinnati, O.

Ohio, USA

(IL) - Chicago Tribune, Chicago, Illinois
Pinterest

Ohio, USA

Postcard
Pinterest
Scotts 5 & 10 cent Store, Akron, Ohio

History, News and Stories of Ohio, USA

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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

    www.worldatlas.com/ webimage/ countrys/ namerica/ usstates/ ohtimeln.htm
  • 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.

    WeatherForYou.com
  • 1810 - Zanesville named state capital of Ohio

    www.worldatlas.com/ webimage/ countrys/ namerica/ usstates/ ohtimeln.htm
  • 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

    www.worldatlas.com/ webimage/ countrys/ namerica/ usstates/ ohtimeln.htm
  • 1832 - Ohio and Lake Erie Canal opened

    www.worldatlas.com/ webimage/ countrys/ namerica/ usstates/ ohtimeln.htm
  • 1835 - Boundary dispute between Ohio and Michigan caused Toledo War; Ohio granted contested lands around Toledo

    www.worldatlas.com/ webimage/ countrys/ namerica/ usstates/ ohtimeln.htm
  • 1852 - Ohio was the first state to enact laws protecting working women.

    www.ereferencedesk.com/ resources/ state-facts/ ohio.html
  • News  1860 - May 1 – A Chondrite-type meteorite falls to earth in Muskingum County, Ohio near the town of New Concord.

    www.wikipedia.org

    May 1, 1860
  • 1870 - John D. Rockefeller founded Standard Oil; Benjamin Goodrich opened rubber plant in Akron

    www.worldatlas.com/ webimage/ countrys/ namerica/ usstates/ ohtimeln.htm
  • 1876 - December 29 – The Ashtabula River Railroad bridge disaster occurs, leaving 92 dead.

    www.wikipedia.org

    December 29, 1876
  • News  1883 - Advice - Keep it to Yourself
    You have trouble - your feelings are injured, your husband is unkind, your wife frets, your home is not pleasant your friends do not treat yon... Read MORE...

  • 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  1888 - Gold Rings in a Bird's Nest
    FINDLEY, Ohio, April 18 - This morning three or four boys were plaving on the Toledo, Columbus and Southern Railroad bridge when they discovered a... Read MORE...

  • 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.

    www.wikipedia.org

    March 25, 1894
  • 1895 - Ohio
    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... Read MORE...

  • 1899 - First full time automobile service station was opened in 1899 in Ohio.

    www.ereferencedesk.com/ resources/ state-facts/ ohio.html
  • 1900 - Ohio gave America its first hot dog in 1900. Harry M. Stevens created the popular dining dog.

    www.ereferencedesk.com/ resources/ state-facts/ ohio.html
  • 1903 - Wright brothers, Orville and Wilbur, began building airplanes in Dayton, Ohio

    www.worldatlas.com/ webimage/ countrys/ namerica/ usstates/ ohtimeln.htm
  • 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.

    www.wikipedia.org

    August 8, 1908
  • News  1924 - June 28 – A tornado touches down in Lorain, Ohio and kills 78 people.

    www.wikipedia.org

    June 28, 1924
  • 1925 - Shenandoan dirigible crashed, killed 14

    www.worldatlas.com/ webimage/ countrys/ namerica/ usstates/ ohtimeln.htm
  • 1937 - Ohio River flooded, 750,000 people left homeless; East Ohio Gas Co. explosion killed 131

    www.worldatlas.com/ webimage/ countrys/ namerica/ usstates/ ohtimeln.htm
  • 1938 - Teflon invented by Ohioan Roy J. Plunkett

    www.worldatlas.com/ webimage/ countrys/ namerica/ usstates/ ohtimeln.htm
  • 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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