Magnetic Springs, Ohio

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Magnetic Springs is a village in Union County, Ohio, United States. The population was 323 at the 2000 census. The village supports a post office that has the ZIP Code of 43036.[3]



Magnetic Springs earned its name after the discovery of mineral waters used for healing processes. Word spread across the country of these springs, and tourists began visiting from locations nationwide; even foreigners appeared occasionally. Hotel resorts sprang up, and the village boomed. Following the discovery of modern medicinal cures, including the vaccine for polio, the interest in natural healing remedies faded, and the city's tourism industry collapsed. By the early 1980s, the hotel resorts had been torn down.[4][5]

During the Prohibition era of the 1920s, the village was a local hotbed of bootlegging and gambling, although it faced vigorous opposition from the mayor, Mary McFadden. She also led bond raising campaigns for a public services and a larger town hall, and to encourage full council meetings she cooked dinner for all the members.[6]

The Magnetic Springs Water Company, a purified water company founded using the local springs, originated in Magnetic Springs. It has since relocated to nearby Columbus.[7]


Magnetic Springs is located at 40°21′11″N 83°15′46″W / 40.35306°N 83.26278°W / 40.35306; -83.26278 (40.353133, -83.262894)[8].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the village has a total area of 0.2 square miles (0.6 km²), all of it land.


As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 323 people, 120 households, and 80 families residing in the village. The population density was 1,325.0 people per square mile (519.6/km²). There were 126 housing units at an average density of 516.9/sq mi (202.7/km²). The racial makeup of the village was 97.52% White, 0.62% Asian, 1.24% from other races, and 0.62% from two or more races.

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