Portage County, Ohio

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Portage County is a county located in the U.S. state of Ohio. As of 2000, the population was 152,061. Its county seat is Ravenna[2]. Portage County is named for the portage between the Cuyahoga and Tuscarawas Rivers. [3] Portage County is part of the Akron Metropolitan Statistical Area.



The name "Portage" comes from an old Native American path called "Portage Trail", which ran between the Cuyahoga and Tuscarawas rivers, where travelers portaged their canoes. The location of the trail today is within the boundaries of neighboring Summit County.

The first European settler in what is now Portage County was Abraham Honey in 1798 in the area now known as Mantua Township, followed by Asa Hall in what is now Atwater Township in April 1799; Benjamin Tappan, Jr. in what is now Ravenna, David Daniels in what is now Palmyra Township, and Ebenezer Sheldon in what is now Aurora all arrived in June 1799.[4]

When first settled, the area that presently constitutes Portage County was part of the original Jefferson County, which had been organized in 1797.[5] In 1800, the area was made part of Trumbull County, which followed the boundaries of the Connecticut Western Reserve.[6]

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