Boston in Summit County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
Boston, the oldest village in Summit County, was first settled by surveyor James Stanford in 1806. The village's first mill was built in 1821, and the Ohio & Erie Canal's arrival in 1827 expanded opportunities for commerce and industry. Many boat builders and canal boatment lived in Boston. By 1850 Boston grew into a town with a broom factory, brewery, brickyard, gristmill, sawmill, numerous stores, and several boat building yards.
With the decline of canal traffic in the 1860s, Boston slumbered until the arrival of the Valley Railway in 1880. The town boomed in 1900 when the [Cleveland] Akron Bag Company started operations here on the Cuyahoga, hired many Polish immigrants, and built company houses along Main Street. Since the early 1900s, Boston's size and street pattern have changed very little, allowing it to retain the feeling of a small canal and mill town.
Erected by National Park Service.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Industry & Commerce • Settlements & Settlers • Waterways & Vessels.
Location. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Peninsula OH 44264, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Boston Store (within shouting distance of this marker); A New Champion for an Old Canal (within shouting distance of this marker); Linking the Wilderness to the World (within shouting distance of this marker); Boston Mills Road Bridge (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad (about 700 feet away); Industry Shapes the Valley (about 700 feet away); The Development of Valley Industry (about 700 feet away); Forgotten Village of Brandywine (approx. 1.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Boston.
Also see . . .
1. Boston Mills Historic District. (Submitted on July 23, 2011, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. Cuyahoga Valley National Park. (Submitted on July 23, 2011, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
3. The Ohio and Erie Canalway. (Submitted on July 23, 2011, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
Credits. This page was last revised on January 8, 2020. It was originally submitted on July 23, 2011, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 485 times since then and 10 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on July 23, 2011, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.