Lexington, Ohio

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Lexington is a village in Richland County in the U.S. state of Ohio. It is part of the Mansfield, Ohio Metropolitan Statistical Area. The population was 4,165 at the 2000 census.

The Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course is located just outside of Lexington in Troy Township. This venue hosted an annual round of the CART series from 1990 to 2003, has hosted the IndyCar Series since 2007, hosts Honda Super Bikes, and Vintage Bikes in addition to a few other annual high profile events.

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History

Lexington was founded by Amariah Watson, Jr. in 1814, a land speculator who had purchased wide lands locally in order to sell to other settlers.[3] During the 1800s, Lexington had many taverns, hotels, and grist mills — most of which at one time or another burned to the ground. In the 19th century, leading members of the community were William Cockley Thad and Martin Kell, Les Griebling, Erwin Castor, Sgt. Patrick Gass, and Jacob Cook. The first road constructed through town was what is now State Route 97, and the second was what is now Lexington-Ontario Road. (From Robert A. Carter's - Tales Of The Old Timers, The History of Lexington)

Geography

Lexington is located at 40°40′51″N 82°35′13″W / 40.680857°N 82.586937°W / 40.680857; -82.586937[4], along the Clear Fork of the Mohican River.[5]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the village has a total area of 3.7 square miles (9.5 km2), all of it land.

Demographics

As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 4,165 people, 1,626 households, and 1,230 families residing in the village. The population density was 1,134.7 people per square mile (438.2/km2). There were 1,686 housing units at an average density of 459.3/sq mi (177.4/km2). The racial makeup of the village was 97.17% White, 1.20% African American, 0.05% Native American, 0.72% Asian, 0.07% Pacific Islander, 0.43% from other races, and 0.36% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.89% of the population.

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