Few People Know That A Village Near Cleveland Is The Birthplace Of The Drinking Straw

Over the years, a series of incredibly bright inventors and industrialists have called Cleveland home. However, such brilliance and innovation is not confined to Greater Cleveland — it also spans just outside of the metropolitan area and all throughout the state. Believe it or not, one community claims that the modern drinking straw was invented in Ohio — and that’s something they’ve intertwined with local identity. Prepare to take a virtual visit to Lisbon, Ohio!

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Who knew that the modern drinking straw was invented in Ohio?! This is a tale that’s almost too quirky for the history books.

You’ll find that many commonplace objects were born much closer to home. Check out our list of Cleveland creations for more insight into local inventions.