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Historical Markers and War Memorials in Canton, Ohio

Clickable Map of Stark County, Ohio and Immediately Adjacent Jurisdictions image/svg+xml 2019-10-06 U.S. Census Bureau, Abe.suleiman; Lokal_Profil;; J.J.Prats/dc:title> Stark County, OH (87) Carroll County, OH (25) Columbiana County, OH (110) Holmes County, OH (13) Mahoning County, OH (78) Portage County, OH (35) Summit County, OH (146) Tuscarawas County, OH (84) Wayne County, OH (17)  StarkCounty(87) Stark County (87)  CarrollCounty(25) Carroll County (25)  ColumbianaCounty(110) Columbiana County (110)  HolmesCounty(13) Holmes County (13)  MahoningCounty(78) Mahoning County (78)  PortageCounty(35) Portage County (35)  SummitCounty(146) Summit County (146)  TuscarawasCounty(84) Tuscarawas County (84)  WayneCounty(17) Wayne County (17)
Canton is the county seat for Stark County
Canton is in Stark County
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      Columbiana County (110)  
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1Ohio, Stark County, Canton — 8-76 — “The Cradle of Professional Football”
On September 17, 1920, representatives from ten professional football teams met in Canton and formed the American Professional Football Association, which in 1922 became the National Football League (NFL). Pro football evolved from club football in . . . Map (db m139954) HM
2Ohio, Stark County, Canton — 100 Central Plaza NorthLot #1 — Canton, Ohio —
In 1769 a Delaware Indian bequeathed this land to Frederick Post, a missionary. Post sold the land to Bezaleel Wells, who laid out the original town plat in 1805. Hugh Cunningham purchased Lot #1 from Wells in 1811 for $67.00. Since that time, . . . Map (db m204175) HM
3Ohio, Stark County, Canton — Base of the Conning Tower of the US Battleship Maine
This large piece of steel was once a part of the proud USS Battleship Maine. The ship was commissioned in 1895 and was part of the “Great White Fleet.” The Maine sailed into Havana Harbor on January 25, 1898. The ship had been sent . . . Map (db m88563) HM
4Ohio, Stark County, Canton — Birth of the NFL"I was at the Birthplace of the NFL"
Commemorating the founding of the National Football League in Canton, Ohio on September 17, 1920 The pre-rusted steel pedestal celebrates the steel industry of Northeast Ohio and includes the ten charter members laser cut into it. The . . . Map (db m204182) HM
5Ohio, Stark County, Canton — Building the McKinley National Memorial
Built from 1905 to 1907, the McKinley National Memorial is the final resting place for President McKinley, his wife Ida, and their two young daughters. This magnificent tribute to our 25th President was built entirely from private donations, . . . Map (db m88512) HM
6Ohio, Stark County, Canton — Carnegie Library
Built with funds from steel magnate Andrew Carnegie, the Carnegie Library was designed in 1904 by Canton architect Guy Tilden and opened to the public in 1905. This magnificent structure served as the Canton Public Library until 1972. Thanks to . . . Map (db m124399) HM
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7Ohio, Stark County, Canton — Christ Presbyterian ChurchA Walk with the President
Ida Saxton McKinley and her family belonged to First Presbyterian Church, which is now called Christ Presbyterian Church. Ida grew up under its teaching and guidance and later taught a large, popular Sunday School class here. Many of her Sunday . . . Map (db m204187) HM
8Ohio, Stark County, Canton — Church Of The SaviorA Walk with the President
When William McKinley returned to Canton after serving in the Civil War, he joined the First Methodist Church and became very active. He was a member of the Board of Trustees, served as a Sunday School teacher, and a Sunday School superintendent. . . . Map (db m204185) HM
9Ohio, Stark County, Canton — Eulogy of the Common Soldier
All mortal beings, which God brought forth, die the same Man is not exempt All will inevitably end as the dust from whence we came It matters not of age Do not mourn me if I should fall in a foreign land Think this of my passing In a far . . . Map (db m204191) WM
10Ohio, Stark County, Canton — French Cannon
This cannon was taken by forces under the command of Admiral Dewey during the Spanish-American War in August 1898. It was being used for the defense of Santiago Harbor, in the Phillipines. The cannon is made of bronze and was cast in Doury, France . . . Map (db m88535) HM
11Ohio, Stark County, Canton — Geo. D. Harter BankA Walk with the President
During the McKinley era, the Harter family helped to bring stability to banking in Canton. After the Farmer's Bank, failed in 1844, the town was without any bank until Isaac Harter and three local businessmen formed the Savings Deposit Bank ten . . . Map (db m204179) HM
12Ohio, Stark County, Canton — 12-76 — Inventor Henry Timken
Born near Bremen, Germany, carriage builder Henry Timken (1831-1909) designed significant improvements in roller bearings-fundamental machine components that minimize friction between moving and stationary parts. His patented (1898) tapered roller . . . Map (db m67412) HM
13Ohio, Stark County, Canton — James Murray SpanglerNovember 20, 1848 - January 22, 1915
James Murray Spangler moved his family to Canton in the early 1880's. He mostly worked as a salesman to support his family, but his true interest was in inventing. In the late 1890's, Spangler, who suffered with asthma, took a janitorial job . . . Map (db m204178) HM
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14Ohio, Stark County, Canton — Johnny AppleseedJohn Chapman — 1774-1847 —
John Chapman, better known as Johnny Appleseed, was an American pioneer gardener and missionary who introduced apple trees to the Midwest States of Ohio, Indiana, Illinois and Pennsylvania. In 1809, John Chapman came to Canton, Ohio, and . . . Map (db m214700) HM
15Ohio, Stark County, Canton — Judge Leroy J. Contie, Jr.April 2, 1920 - May 11, 2001
Canton City Solicitor (Law Director) 1951-1960 Judge, Court of Common Pleas, Stark County 1969-1971 U.S. District Judge, Northern District of Ohio 1971-1982 U.S. Circuit Judge, Sixth Circuit 1982-2000 Judge Leroy J. . . . Map (db m137911) HM
16Ohio, Stark County, Canton — 27-76 — Martin Luther King Jr. in Canton
"All life is interrelated in today's world. I can't be what I ought to be until you are what you ought to be; and you can't be what you ought to be 'till I am what I ought to be." Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. spoke these words before 3,500 . . . Map (db m139959) HM
17Ohio, Stark County, Canton — Mayor Stanley A. CmichAugust 14, 1916 - January 24, 2009 — Canton Safety Director 1952-1957 • Mayor of the City of Canton 1964-1983 —
Mayor Stanley A. Cmich was Canton's longest serving mayor, holding office for 20 years. Mayor Cmich served in the U.S. Army in World War II and was awarded two Purple Heart decorations. He began his career in public service in the City of . . . Map (db m137896) HM
18Ohio, Stark County, Canton — McKinley National Memorial
Final resting place of William McKinley Twenty-fifth President of the United States of America A government like ours rests upon the intelligence, morality and patriotism of the people. Speech delivered by President William McKinley . . . Map (db m88523) HM
19Ohio, Stark County, Canton — Merchant Marine Memorial
In honor of US Merchant Marine Veterans of WW IIMap (db m204189) WM
20Ohio, Stark County, Canton — 25-76 — Nimisilla Park
Nimisilla Park was established in 1894. Prior to its founding, the site was the location of the county fair from 1859 to 1893. Throughout its history, Nimisilla Park hosted horse races, live music, soldier reunions, and a zoo, among other . . . Map (db m142738) HM
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21Ohio, Stark County, Canton — Ohio War Memorial
Paving on the overlook and curbing in this motor court are dedicated as a memorial To Our Soldiers of All Wars The Lincoln Highway Memorial Association   1949Map (db m88521) WM
22Ohio, Stark County, Canton — Palace Theatre1926
Has been placed on the National Register of Historic Places by the United States Department of the InteriorMap (db m214698) HM
23Ohio, Stark County, Canton — President McKinley
President McKinley worshipped in this church. You are invited to enter • rest • prayMap (db m204184) HM
24Ohio, Stark County, Canton — Ralph Hay / Jim Thorp
On this site September 17, 1920, was organized the American Professional Football Association, which was the forerunner of the National Football League. Representatives of 11 teams met in the automobile show room of Ralph Hay at 205 Second Street . . . Map (db m204183) HM
25Ohio, Stark County, Canton — Ralph Hay WayFounder of the NFL — September 17, 1920 —
[Photos of Ralph Hay, Hay's Auto Dealership and the Canton Bulldogs (photo appears to show Jim Thorpe, who played for Canton in 1920)]Map (db m137892) HM
26Ohio, Stark County, Canton — Spanish Mortar
This mortar was taken by forces acting under the command of Admiral Dewey at Santiago Harbor, Philippines, in August 1898. The mortar was being used by the Spanish in defense of the harbor during the Spanish-American War. The mortar is made of . . . Map (db m88536) HM
27Ohio, Stark County, Canton — St. Edward Hotel1891
This property has been placed on the National Register of Historic Places by the United States Department of the InteriorMap (db m214699) HM
28Ohio, Stark County, Canton — Stark County CourthouseA Walk with the President
The first Stark County Courthouse on this site was a brick structure built in 1817. It was only 44 feet square and as the city grew and prospered, it quickly became too small. In 1870, a larger courthouse was dedicated. This building was of . . . Map (db m204177) HM
29Ohio, Stark County, Canton — Stark County Veterans Memorial
Dedicated to those who have served; those who are serving; and those who will serve.Map (db m204190) WM
30Ohio, Stark County, Canton — Symbolism of the McKinley National Memorial
Each detail incorporated into the Monument was designed to symbolically tell the visitor about William McKinley. According to the architect’s writings Harold Van Buren Magonigle’s design considered these factors:     • The Memorial was to be . . . Map (db m88516) HM
31Ohio, Stark County, Canton — 6-76 — The McKinley National Memorial
William McKinley served the nation as president, the people of Ohio as governor, and the citizens of his congressional district as a representative. McKinley was shot by an assassin in Buffalo, New York, in September 1901 and died several days . . . Map (db m67439) HM
32Ohio, Stark County, Canton — The Meneely Bell
The Meneely Bell was originally commissioned and dedicated in 1883. It was used as the city's first fire bell and was located in the bell tower of the original City Hall. It was moved to Waterworks Park in 1928.. On April 23, 2005, in observance . . . Map (db m204176) HM
33Ohio, Stark County, Canton — The National Football League Was Born Here on September 17, 1920"I was at the Birthplace of the NFL"
…when representatives of the league's ten charter members crammed into the tiny Hupmobile showroom of Canton Bulldogs owner Ralph Hay to create the American Professional Football Association (later renamed the National Football League) In . . . Map (db m204181) HM
34Ohio, Stark County, Canton — The Saxton HouseHome of Ida Saxton McKinley — First Ladies National Historic Site —
This house was built by George Dewalt ca 1840. A substantial section was then added CA 1870 by son-in-law James Saxton, father of Ida Saxton McKinley and son of John Saxton (founder of the Canton Repository). This was the home of Ida prior to her . . . Map (db m67414) HM
35Ohio, Stark County, Canton — The Williams Brick Plant
From the late 1800's through the 1930's, Canton, Ohio, was considered the world's leading manufacturer of paving brick. In addition to having well-established shipping routes, this area boated large quantities of natural clay and shale. In . . . Map (db m139960) HM
36Ohio, Stark County, Canton — Timken Vocational High School
Timken Vocational High School 1939 has been placed on the National Register of Historic Places by the United States Department of the InteriorMap (db m204188) HM
37Ohio, Stark County, Canton — Trinity Lutheran Church
This property has been placed on the National Register of Historic Places by the United States Department of the InteriorMap (db m204186) HM
38Ohio, Stark County, Canton — William McKinleyPresident of the United States
A statesman singularly gifted to unite the discordant forces of government and mould the diverse purposes of men toward progressive and salutary action. A magistrate whose poise of judgment was tested and vindicated in a succession of national . . . Map (db m67438) HM WM
39Ohio, Stark County, Canton — William McKinley
25th President of the United States Born 1843 • Died 1901 — • — He was an obedient and affectionate son, patriotic and faithful as a soldier, honest and upright as a citizen, tender and devoted as a husband, and truthful, generous, . . . Map (db m86771) HM
40Ohio, Stark County, Canton — 18-76 — William McKinleyFormer Site of the Home of President William McKinley
William McKinley’s house, once located at this site, was the scene of his 1896 “front porch campaign” for President of the United States. During the campaign McKinley addressed about 750,000 people who came to his home in Canton. . . . Map (db m67418) HM
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Jan. 27, 2023