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East Liverpool in Columbiana County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

The Pottery Capital of America

 
 
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By Mike Wintermantel, November 20, 2011
1. The Pottery Capital of America Marker
Inscription. For nearly a century, East Liverpool dominated the United States pottery industry. Drawn to easily accessible clay deposits and ready river transportation, British-born potter James Bennett established the first commercial pottery here in 1841. His success drew other enterprising and innovative craftsmen, and by the Civil War era, the local industry was well established. During its peak production years (1865-1910), East Liverpool's potteries produced and sold the majority of America's crockery, with nearly the entire city's population employed in the industry. Competition from imports and plastics, along with limited expansion space in the narrow Ohio valley, brought a decline in East Liverpool's importance in the ceramics industry in the 20th century. Three large potteries continue the pottery tradition. The Ohio Historical Society's Museum of Ceramics displays collections of early local ware.
 
Erected 2003 by Ohio Bicentennial Commission, The City fo East Liverpool, The East Liverpool Historical Society, and The Ohio Historical Society. (Marker Number 13-15.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Ohio Historical Society / The Ohio History Connection marker series.
 
Location. 40° 36.911′ N, 80° 
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By Mike Wintermantel, November 20, 2011
2. The Pottery Capital of America Marker
34.525′ W. Marker is in East Liverpool, Ohio, in Columbiana County. Marker can be reached from Walnut Street. Click for map. Located at Broadway Wharf on the Ohio River. Marker is in this post office area: East Liverpool OH 43920, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Ohio's Gateway (a few steps from this marker); Potters National Bank Building (approx. 0.2 miles away); Central School (approx. 0.2 miles away); Carnegie Public Library (approx. 0.2 miles away); Mary Patterson Memorial Building (approx. 0.2 miles away); Bradshaw's Hall (approx. mile away); The Lincoln Highway (approx. mile away); Locke's Building (approx. mile away). Click for a list of all markers in East Liverpool.
 
Also see . . .  Remarkable Ohio. Marker Program (Submitted on November 20, 2011, by Mike Wintermantel of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.) 
 
Categories. Industry & Commerce
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Mike Wintermantel of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 314 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Mike Wintermantel of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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