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At one point, the city of Youngstown was known far and wide as a steel-making center in the United States. The Mahoning River was dotted with mills representing a variety of companies, including Youngstown Sheet & Tube, which at one point was the largest corporation in the state of Ohio. The mills gave up the ghost in the late 1970s and early 1980s, but there are efforts in the city to preserve remnants of the steel industry while giving people a better understanding of the way of life it entailed. In 1983, as the steel companies were starting to disappear... Continue reading
Posted Jun 23, 2014 at DiscoveringOhio
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Over the past couple years, Ohio has really become Hollywood East. Its variety of areas, combined with a tax incentive for filming, has made movie shoots in the Buckeye State common. “Carol,” starring Oscar winner Cate Blanchett, is shooting in the Cincinnati area, and two recently-released movies, “Draft Day” and “Captain America: Winter Soldier,” were filmed in the Cleveland area (Cleveland filled in for Washington D.C., as it did for New York in “The Avengers”). The Browns are the centerpiece of “Draft Day". All these films came to Ohio with help from the Motion Picture Tax Credit. Whether the movie... Continue reading
Posted May 26, 2014 at DiscoveringOhio
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Unsurprisingly, states like California and Florida, with perpetual warm weather and scenic rides, have many motorcyclists. But Ohio – and the Great Lakes area in general – is also home to many people who enjoy two-wheeled riding. The American Motorcyclist Association (AMA) was founded in 1924 as an outgrowth of several other motorcycling groups. The AMA located in the Columbus area in 1976 because of Ohio's central location to the U.S. population. In 1998, the AMA moved to its current location in Pickerington, and the next year, the Motorcycle Hall of Fame Museum opened at the new site. The museum... Continue reading
Posted Apr 2, 2014 at DiscoveringOhio
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In 1899, James Packard wrote Alexander Winton, president and namesake of one of the auto manufacturers at the time in Cleveland. Packard, an engineer who started an electrical manufacturing company with his brother, offered constructive criticism on Winston's car. Winton essentially told him that if he could make a better car, he would be welcome to do so. In 1900, in Warren, the first Packard cars were made. Although the company’s operations moved to Detroit in 1903, the Packard name has always been associated with Warren, Ohio. In 1999, the National Packard Museum opened by the already established Packard Music... Continue reading
Posted Mar 10, 2014 at DiscoveringOhio
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In many respects, Stan Hywet is more than a museum – it’s a bucolic estate that hearkens back to the opulence of the early 20th century, when it was designed by Cleveland architect Charles Schneider for F.A. Seiberling, a founder of the Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. But even an old estate can learn some new tricks. New this year for the annual Deck the Hall event, which shows off the 70-acre estate decorated for the holidays, is “Dazzle,” a light show in the Great Garden between the 65-room Tudor Revival house and the conservatory. “Dazzle” uses 350,000 LED lights,... Continue reading
Posted Dec 23, 2013 at DiscoveringOhio
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Thanksgiving is at hand, which means the holiday season is right around the corner. And there are lights, decorations and festive traditions to be found throughout the Toledo area to help you and your family enjoy the season. The lights have already gone on at the Toledo Zoo. More than a million lights – including more than 35,000 on the big tree alone – light up the crisp winter night in Northwest Ohio. In addition to the lights, there are holiday concessions available like roasted chestnuts, hot chocolate and ice carving demonstrations. People will also have a chance to step... Continue reading
Posted Nov 22, 2013 at DiscoveringOhio
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The children are back in school, boats are being taken out of the water and winterized and cottages are getting closed up. It’s the end of the summer season in the area known as “Vacationland” – the Lake Erie coast between Toledo and the west Cleveland suburbs – but that doesn’t mean there’s no longer anything to do and see. In fact, the peacefulness of Lake Erie is matched only by the picturesque changing of the season -- and the leaves. Museums and sites continue to be open, including attractions like the Liberty Aviation Museum in Port Clinton or theRutherford... Continue reading
Posted Oct 2, 2013 at DiscoveringOhio
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Ohio can stake a claim as the birthplace of professional football. It’s also the site of the first professional baseball team. And while its auto racing history might not go back as far as the Cincinnati Red Stockings, you’re never far from an auto racing track of some kind in Ohio. From Sandusky Speedway down to Southern Ohio, there are a variety of dirt, clay and asphalt ovals to watch racing. In fact, Eldora Speedway in New Weston is owned by NASCAR racer Tony Stewart, and NASCAR’s Dave Blaney owns his home track, Sharon Speedway in Hartford, on the Pennsylvania... Continue reading
Posted Sep 6, 2013 at DiscoveringOhio
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The field of firefighting has advanced tremendously in its history. Firefighters have gone from bucket brigades and fire wagons pulled by horses – or people – to state-of-the-art technology that goes beyond “putting the wet stuff on the red stuff.” And no matter where you are in Ohio, you’re probably not far from a museum that celebrates the history of firefighting. Many fire museums, from the Central Ohio Fire Museum in Columbus to Mentor’s Fire Museum, are decommissioned fire stations. The Toledo Firefighters Museum is another example of an old firehouse being repurposed. The museum, located in the city’s Five... Continue reading
Posted Aug 14, 2013 at DiscoveringOhio
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While the cities of Cooperstown, New York and Hoboken, New Jersey duke it out about who can claim to be the home of baseball, Ohio is one of the first places the game grew and flourished. Confederate prisoners of war and guards on Johnson’s Island played the game during the Civil War, and in 1869, the Cincinnati Red Stockings became the first team to pay their players. Major League Baseball recognizes them as the first professional baseball team in America. And throughout the state, there are bands of men who maintain the tradition of the old games with vintage “base... Continue reading
Posted Jul 12, 2013 at DiscoveringOhio
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Winston. Packard. Peerless. Jordan. Elmore. Detroit has come to be known as Motor City, with its fortunes intertwined with the American auto industry, but at one point, Northern Ohio was a hub for automotive manufacturing. And those models, all made in Northern Ohio, are a few that are currently on display at the Western Reserve Historical Society in Cleveland. The vehicles are part of the Crawford Auto Aviation Collection, which was donated to the historical society in 1963. Since then, it’s grown to 157 vehicles and 10 aircraft, and the wing reopened to great fanfare earlier this year. I’m old... Continue reading
Posted Jul 1, 2013 at DiscoveringOhio
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On June 22, the gates will open at Lakeside, the Chautauqua community on Lake Erie, as its summer season of events begin. After that and until Labor Day, admission is charged to get into the community – originally founded by Methodists in 1873 as a camping site where tent revivals were held. The Chautauqua movement - started in 1874 initially to train Sunday school teachers - has become a venue for adult education and growth. The calendar of events reflects this mission, offering fun activities designed to encourage spiritual, mental and physical growth. There are popular activities, like a parade,... Continue reading
Posted Jun 3, 2013 at DiscoveringOhio
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Cedar Point amusement park in Sandusky has a new entrance this year – and standing watch over it is GateKeeper. GateKeeper is the park’s newest roller coaster, and provides an imposing site to those walking up to the park’s main gate. The winged coaster can reach speeds of up to 67 miles per hour, providing a jarring effect as riders are taken on a zero-G roll – one of several spots that help riders feel weightless – through two keyholes in the support towers around the park’s new entrance. In fact, while many roller coasters have a minimum height, GateKeeper... Continue reading
Posted May 10, 2013 at DiscoveringOhio
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It’s one of the iconic images in the Mahoning Valley: Water rushing over Lanterman’s Falls, so named for the grist mill that was built next to it. The mill, and the creek that ran alongside it were the namesake for what became the second-largest metropolitan park in the United States and informally nicknamed Youngstown’s Green Cathedral. I’m a Youngstown native, so I grew up spoiled by the presence of Mill Creek Park. I figured everyone had a park like that in their backyard (The Butler Art Institute also made me think every town had an art museum). But Lanterman’s Mill... Continue reading
Posted Apr 10, 2013 at DiscoveringOhio
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The first thing you notice at Snook’s Dream Cars in Bowling Green is the smell of motor oil. It’s a museum with a pretty neat collection of antique cars – from a Model T truck to the muscle cars of the 1960s – but they don’t just sit there. They’re driven regularly and maintained on site in a garage – hence the oil smell. The front of this living museum – on County Home Road, not far from the U.S. 6 exit off Interstate 75 – looks like an old Texaco gas station. And many people trust their car to... Continue reading
Posted Mar 6, 2013 at DiscoveringOhio
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By Vince Guerrieri There’s no better place to celebrate President's Day than Ohio. One of the state’s nicknames is “Mother of Presidents.” A total of seven presidents were born in the state of Ohio, and although William Henry Harrison was born in Virginia, he was the first President from Ohio. Harrison served as U.S. Congressman and Senator from Ohio before being elected President, and had a home in North Bend. He became the first president to die in office (of the eight presidents from Ohio, four died in office – including two that were assassinated) after catching pneumonia during a... Continue reading
Posted Feb 18, 2013 at DiscoveringOhio
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By Vince Guerrieri There is probably no state in America where football is more revered than Ohio. It can claim the birthplace of the National Football League, and on Saturdays (and some other days of the week as well), the colleges throughout the Buckeye State stop on a dime for their football team. And the weekend after Thanksgiving, the center of the football universe in Ohio is in Stark County, when Canton and Massillon host the Ohio high school football championships. Paul Brown Tiger Stadium in Massillon was the site of the first AA Championship in 1972, when Akron St.... Continue reading
Posted Nov 23, 2012 at DiscoveringOhio
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