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Ohio is the birthplace of all good ideas!  At least that is the perspective from many Ohioans.  It was a state that boasted the start of police cars, professional fire departments, cash registers, traffic lights, and flight.  Akron is dubbed the rubber capital of the world, and down the street in North Canton, you can find the Professional Football Hall of Fame.  Seven U.S. Presidents were born in Ohio, including Warren G. Harding, William Taft, William McKinley, Benjamin Harrison, James A. Garfield, Rutherford B. Hayes, and Ulysses S. Grant.  Presidents were not the only famous faces to be born in the state.  Some of the other well known people include, Steven Spielberg, Paul Newman, John Glenn, Katt Williams, Annie Oakley, Drew Carey, Arsenio Hall and Clark Gable.

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame can be found in Cleveland along with the Great Lakes Science Center, Progressive Field, and the Hard Rock Café.  There are many places to visit as a tourist.  It is a city that has lived on the cutting edge in everyday culture.

Checking this state out is not enough.  It is a great place to spend time.  Here are a few things you may not have known.

  • East 105th Street and Euclid Avenue in Cleveland was the site of the first pedestrian button for the control of a traffic light. The boy chosen for the 1948 newsreel to demonstrate its operation was Louis Spronze.
  • Chillicothe was Ohio’s first capital city.
  • Charles Goodyear of Akron developed the process of vulcanizing rubber in 1839.
  • Cleveland became the world’s first city to be lighted electrically in 1879.
  • The first full time automobile service station was opened in 1899 in Ohio.

Leading the pack has become their job.  If you want to move there, to help lead the pack, by all means.  It is a great place to live and raise a family.

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