Historic Map - Kent, OH - 1882

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Panoramic view of the city of Kent, Portage County, Ohio 1882. Copyright by J. J. Stoner. Beck & Pauli Lith.

Panoramic reproduction bird's-eye view map of Kent, Ohio, drawn by Albert Ruger and published by Ruger & Stoner in 1882. Located along the Cuyahoga River, Kent was settled in 1805 as "Franklin Mills". In the 1830s, Franklin Mills grew industrially with its location along the newly constructed Pennsylvania and Ohio Canal. The town organizers established the industrial and business areas along the east side of the river. A lock with attached arch dam was completed along the river at Franklin Mills in 1836 and the canal was opened in 1840. With the additional help in moving goods around, many factories and mills were established along the banks of the Cuyahoga.

Zenas Kent operated several businesses in town including a tannery, which he had operated with John Brown. Zenas built a four-story commercial block that was said to be the tallest building in Ohio. In 1851, Zenas' son Marvin Kent moved to Franklin Mills and began rallying for the railroads to locate here. He was responsible for the Atlantic and Great Western Railroad to call Franklin Mills home, and in 1864 the community renamed Franklin Mills as Kent, in Marvin's honor. By the 1870's the canal was no longer used.

The map features clearly labeled street names with lively scenes of railroad, carriage and pedestrian traffic. It features numbered references to the locations listed below.  

Features numbered & lettered references to the following locations:

   1. Town Hall
   2. Union School
   3. District School
   4. Fire Engine House
   5. N. Y. P. & O. R. R. Depot
   6. N. Y. P. & O. Car & Machine Shops
   7. N. Y. P. & O. Round House
   8. Connotton-Valley R. R. Depot
   9. Kent, Rock Window Glass Works, Day, Williams & Co., Proprietors
 10. Steam Saw and Planing Mills, T. G. Parsons, Proprietor
 12. Peerless Steam Flour and Feed Mill, Williams Bro's, Proprietors
 13. Railway Speed Recorder Company's Manufactory
 14. Water Power Flour Mill
 15. Carvers Cotton Mill
 16. Carvers Steam Flour Mill
 17. Carvers Block
  X. New Cemetery
XX. Old Cemetery
 18. Post Office, M. J. Ikirt, Postmaster
 19. Alpaca Mills
 20. Brady's Leap
 21. Continental Hotel, Crane & Lewis, Proprietors
 22. Collins House, Charles F. Collins, Proprietor
 23. Erie House, Hannah A. Hall, Proprietor
 24. "Kent Bulletin", N. J. A. Minich, Editor and Proprietor
 25. "Kent News", A. C. Harris, Editor and Proprietor
 26. Harness Manufactory, C. S. Star, Proprietor
 27. Lumber Yard, T. G. Parson, Proprietor
  A. Church of the Disciples
  B. Baptist Church
  C. Congregational Church
  D. Episcopal Church
  E. Methodist Church
  F. Roman Catholic Church
  G. Universalist Church
  H. Kents Hall
  J. Masonic Hall
  K. I. O. O. F. Hall


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