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Joseph Stoneman House

Photo: Joseph Stoneman House, 18 East Orange Street, Chagrin Falls, OH; built circa 1873. Photographed August, 2014 by Username:NyTend, en.wikipedia.org, accessed September, 2019, public domain.


Ohio [†], a major producer of machines, tools, and other products, is one of the leading industrial states. Ohio is an Iroquois word meaning "great water." The name refers to the river that forms its southern border. As part of the Midwestern Corn Belt, agriculture also plays an important role in the state's economy. In addition, however, Ohio's historical attractions, varying landscapes, and recreational opportunities are the basis for a thriving tourist industry. Over 2,500 lakes and 70,000 kilometers of river landscapes are a paradise for boaters, fishermen, and swimmers. Of special historical interest are the Native American archeological sites — including grave mounds and other sites.

The State of Ohio's canal system [‡] , one of the most extensive and successful ante bellum system in the Nation, spurred the rapid development of the State. Created in the decades between 1820 and 1845, the waterways stimulated the growth of population, establishment of towns and cities, expansion of trade and commerce, and a rise in landvalues.

† U.S. Department of State, usinfo.state.gov, accessed December, 2007

‡ Joseph S. Mendinghall, Historian, National Park Service, Ohio and Erie Canal, nomination documnet, 1975, npshistory.com, accessed October, 2022.

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