The state of Ohio tells an interesting story and so does its towns. The following are 12 towns in Ohio that most people don’t know the backstories of. Read on and you just might learn something new about the Buckeye State:
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Few people realize that the city of Chillicothe was actually Ohio's first capital. It is also home to the site of The Great Seal of Ohio.
Even fewer people realize that Zanesville was the state capital for two years from 1810-1812. (Bonus fun fact: The Y Bridge in Zanesville is the only bridge in the world that you can cross and still be on the same side of the river.)
Greenville is home to the historic Fort Greene Ville and Bear's Mill. It is also home to the Garst Museum, which features the largest known collections of memorabilia of Annie Oakley and Lowell Thomas. (Both Oakley and Thomas were born close to what is now Greenville.)
Along the banks of the Maumee River is Perrysburg, home to Fort Meigs, the largest wooden wall fortification in North America.
5. Yellow Springs
Yellow Springs is home to Antioch College, a colorful downtown, the nearby John Bryan State Park and, (you guessed it), the official “Yellow Spring” the town is named after, (which actually looks more orange than yellow.)
The historic riverboat town of Marietta is known as the first permanent settlement of the Northwest Territory. The town borders West Virginia and is nestled along the banks of both the Muskingum and Ohio River. It's also known for its Victorian-style houses, European ambience, brick streets and sternwheelers.
One of the larger towns on our list, this village in Summit County has a hard time remembering things. (Maybe?)
8. Chagrin Falls
This Cuyahoga County village is the epitome of charm. The town's name is derived from the waterfalls of the Chagrin River. Chagrin Falls (pictured above) flows in the heart of the town, which was established in 1845.
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Settled in 1790, The French City sits along the Ohio River in Southeast Ohio. The centrally located city park (pictured) features beautiful views of the river and serves as the heart of the town. State Route 7, the longest state route in Ohio, runs through downtown Gallipolis and right along the river.
With a population of approximately 2,549, this sleepy little town is probably most known for its unusual roadside attraction displayed in the late 1920s-1960s. “The Eden of Ohio” was once home to “Eugene the Mummy,” an unidentified dead man people came from all over the state and country to see. He was displayed in the town for more than 36 years before being buried in the town cemetery in 1964.
Century-old buildings, unique architecture, colorful murals and antique shops abound in this historic neighborhood in Portsmouth with German roots. The origin of the district's name is unknown, but the murals in the area depict Portsmouth's development from prehistoric times to the late 20th-century.
With a population of approximately 210 residents, we can only assume this Huron County village has a special love for celery.
Did you know how these towns got started? What other towns are there in Ohio with interesting backstories? Share them with us!