Mogadore, Ohio

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Mogadore (pronounced /ˈmɒɡədɔər/ MOG-ə-dor) is a village in Portage and Summit counties in the U.S. state of Ohio. It is a suburb of Akron and is part of the Akron Metropolitan Statistical Area. The population was 3,893 at the 2000 census.

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Geography

Mogadore is located at 41°3′8″N 81°23′50″W / 41.05222°N 81.39722°W / 41.05222; -81.39722 (41.052256, -81.397241)[3].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the village has a total area of 2.1 square miles (5.5 km²), of which, 2.1 square miles (5.4 km²) of it is land and 0.04 square miles (0.1 km²) of it (0.95%) is water.

History

Mogadore's first settler, Ariel Bradley, was only nine years old when he was a spy for George Washington during the American Revolution. Born in Salisbury, Connecticut, Bradley came to the Western Reserve of Ohio and eventually settled in a small crescent shaped valley with good timber and plenty of springs. There in 1807 he built a log cabin on a tract of land costing $335.00 containing 146 acres (0.59 km2). The town eventually became known as Bradleyville, then in 1825 the name of the town would be changed through the unintentional act of a celebrating sailor.

Mogador is an Arabic word meaning "beautiful" and the name of a town in Morocco. In 1825 a large home was built by Martin Kent Jr. When the rafters were all in place, one of the workers, a former sailor, climbed to the top of the structure, removed a flask of whiskey from his pocket and christened the home, "Mogadore". There has always been a debate on why he chose the name Mogadore. Some say the sailor had fond memories of trips to North Africa, some have said he had a friend that had been captured by the Barbary Pirates and was imprisoned in old Mogador and others have speculated that popular literature of that era was the Arabian Nights and the mysterious markets on the North African coast.

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