Ohio truly captures America's entrepreneurial
and inventive spirit. Born in 1825, when the
Ohio-Erie Canal was being built as a way of
opening up the wild Western Frontier, Akron
quickly grew to a booming canal town. It became
a major manufacturing center in 1871 when B.F.
Goodrich relocated his rubber company there,
taking advantage of the waterways to ship his
The canal system
was completely destroyed in the 'Great Flood' of
1913, when a massive storm raged through the
Midwest The townspeople pushed on, and railroad
systems that were already in place took over the
transport that could no longer use the canals.
Today, the city is still a major transportation
hub, being situated near four major interstates,
Turnpike, and two major airports. The
fifth largest city in Ohio, Akron is located in
the very middle of the nation's heartland.
Akron is the
county seat of Summit
County. The population
according to the 2000 Census was just over
217,000 and Akron lies within a 500-mile radius
of half the population of the United States.
Over 111 million people live within a one-day
drive of the city. The cities of Barberton,
and Twinsburg are neighboring Akron Cities all
located in Summit County. Akron
has been the home of Goodyear
Tire and Rubber Co.,
The B. F. Goodrich Co., General
Tire Co., Kelly-Springfield Tire
Co., and R. C.
A. Rubber Co., giving the city the title of
‘The Tire Capital of the World.
industry is also centered in Akron. The Polymer
Science Industry Institute at the University of
Akron has made the city a top leader in this
field. Nearly 400 polymer-related companies are
based here, employing more than 35,000 people.
Akron also has many small manufacturing
industries as well as a wide variety of retail
firms and shopping complexes.
Known as the
'City of Invention' due to the large number of
entrepreneurs and inventors that have lived
here, visitors can find history of the men and
more at Akron's interactive museum, the National
Inventor's Hall of Fame.
Akron, Ohio, is
more than just a manufacturing town. Situated in
the undulating hills, surrounded with water,
6,600 acres of green space have been kept to
preserve Akron's natural beauty. High quality,
affordable housing with parks, biking and hiking
trails scattered throughout make Akron a very
pleasant and beautiful city for living.
The Ohio Ballet
calls Akron home, as does the E.J. Thomas
Performing Arts Hall where Broadway plays can be
seen. The Akron Symphony Orchestra also
originated here, and the Blossom Music Center
serves as the summer home of The Cleveland
Orchestra. Blossom is located just north of
Akron and is situated on 800 acres of rolling
hills surrounded by the Cuyahoga Valley National
Park, which protects 33,000 acres along the
Cuyahoga River between Akron and Cleveland.
enthusiasts back their teams, the Akron Aeros
Racers, while golfers visit the city
in droves during the World Golf Championship NEC
Invitational. And what would an All-American
City be without closing down its streets once a
year for the All-American Soap Box
wouldn't be Akron, Ohio, the city epitomizing
the pioneering, inventive, American spirit.
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