Mount Vernon, Ohio

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Mount Vernon is a city in Knox County, Ohio, United States. The population was 14,375 at the 2000 census. It is the county seat of Knox County[3]. The city is named after Mount Vernon, the plantation owned by George Washington.

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History

The community was founded in 1805 by Joseph Walker, Thomas B. Patterson and Benjamin Butler.

By 1840, 2,363 people lived in Mount Vernon.

Mount Vernon was a stop along the Cleveland, Akron and Columbus Railway (Later Pennsylvania, Penn-Central and Conrail) between Cleveland, Orrville and Columbus, Ohio. It was also a stop along the Sandusky, Mansfield and Newark Railroad (Later Baltimore and Ohio Railroad, Chessie System and Ohio Central). It is presently at the end of the line from Newark of the Ohio Central Railroad.

Local History

The Woodward Opera House, the oldest opera theater of its kind in the United States, is located downtown. The theater is currently under major renovation and will, upon its completion, be transformed into a local cultural and performing-arts center.

The Knox County Historical Society, with a building and extensive exhibits, makes its headquarters on Harcourt Road in Mount Vernon. Exhibits feature information about Daniel Decatur Emmett, Paul Lynde, The Cooper Company and other subjects.

At 4:30 PM local time on August 3, 2006, an F0 tornado touched down on the west side of town. It demolished a barn at the local 84 Lumber, and the resulting debris blew across the road to the DeCosky GM car dealership. It caused at least $150,000 of damage.[4]

Geography

Mount Vernon is located at 40°23′34″N 82°28′52″W / 40.39278°N 82.48111°W / 40.39278; -82.48111 (40.392738, -82.481151)[5].

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