Riverview Cemetery - Martins Ferry, OH
Posted by: DaveGoliath
N 40° 06.371 W 080° 43.518
17T E 523411 N 4439577
Quick Description: A view of Martins Ferry, OH from the top of Riverview Cemetery.
Location: Ohio, United States
Date Posted: 7/22/2010 1:01:15 PM
Waymark Code: WM9AGN
Martins Ferry enjoys the honor of being the oldest permanent settlement in the state of Ohio, having been settled at least as early as 1779. The community was a westward extension of the city of Wheeling, Virginia (now West Virginia), but at that time, settlement on the west bank of the Ohio River was not permitted. The town was disbanded a couple of times before finally becoming permanent in 1785.
Unlike Marietta, Ohio's oldest city, Martins Ferry remained an unincorporated settlement for a relatively long time. It did not officially become a city until 1865, a full 77 years after Marietta. Through the years, it has been known as Hoglinstown, Mercertown, Norristown, Jefferson, Martinsville, and Martin's Ferry (the apostrophe between "Martin" and "s" is no longer used).
In 1835, Ebenezer Martin, the son of Absalom Martin, one of the city's earliest settlers, redesigned the town with a grid system of streets, much of which survives to this day. It was from this family that Martins Ferry took its name.
The city developed as an important industrial center during the late 1800's and early 1900's. It became an important rail hub and river port from where products were shipped all over the United States and beyond. Over the past 50 years, the town's population has decreased significantly as industries have closed or moved elsewhere. Today, the city's population is less than half of what it once was.
City Name: Martins Ferry, OH
View Type: Over Land
Location Type: Natural High-Point
City Lights: no
Fee: Not Listed
Distance: Not listed
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