George W. Davis
Point out the name Massillon most anywhere in Ohio or somewhere else and the response likely will be “Tiger Town” or “City of Champions,” primarily because of its soccer achievements.
But town leaders today are seeing a alter in more diverse thinking as individuals are conversing about downtown enhancements, far more things than ever for family members to do and other improvements maximizing the community for people, corporations and people alike.
Positioned in southwest Stark County, the metropolis is 8 miles west of Canton, 14 miles south of Akron and 50 miles south of Cleveland. The community spans 19.15 square miles and is bordered by the villages of Navarre and Brewster and Perry, Jackson, Lawrence, and Tuscarawas townships.
Massillon was included as a village in 1853 and selected as a metropolis in 1868 once the populace totaled 5,000.
Massillon indigenous and historian Margy Vogt is the city’s advocate for its Fourth Avenue Historic District that encompasses both sides of Fourth Avenue Northeast from Lincoln Way East to Cherry Street. The district was outlined in the Nationwide Register in 1982 and is amid about 11 this sort of sign up web pages in the metropolis. She said downtown Massillon also is in the National Sign up of Historic Places and includes 100 business buildings and extends to historic Fourth Street.
Among famous persons affiliated with the Fourth Road district are actresses Lillian and Dorothy Gish world renowned classical singer Jan Ruetz deGaetani and David K. Carter, who as a delegate to the 1860 Republican Convention in Chicago manufactured a speech credited with turning the tide toward Abraham Lincoln.
At minimum just one home was a station on the Underground Railroad, Vogt stated.
Now serving her third 4-yr term as the city’s very first woman mayor after 10 yrs on Massillon Metropolis Council, Mayor Kathy Catazaro speaks glowingly of the resurgence of the downtown region and the outlook for extra to occur.
“We continue to increase our city every single probability we get to provide a healthy group for our citizens,” she stated. “We prepare for a Period III as well as enhanced residing downtown.”
Among the the large…