Struthers, Ohio

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Struthers is a city in Mahoning County, Ohio, United States. The population was 12,036 at the 2000 census. Struthers is served by a branch of the Public Library of Youngstown and Mahoning County. It is part of the Youngstown-Warren-Boardman, OH-PA Metropolitan Statistical Area.

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History

John Struthers, from Washington County, Pennsylvania, purchased 400 acres (1.6 km2) of Poland Township land in 1798. This land would later be known as the present day city of Struthers. The community's early history centers on Yellow Creek which was the site for the first iron blast furnace built west of Pittsburgh. The furnace was built in 1803 by Daniel Eaton and is mentioned in the first line of the 1995 Bruce Springsteen song "Youngstown".

Several furnaces were built along the creek during the first decade of the 1800s and all ceased to exist after The War of 1812 began. The land on the Yellow Creek would lay dormant for more than 50 years until 1865 when Thomas Struthers, son of John Struthers, bought back the land his father had lost following the War of 1812. Thomas Struthers laid out the village that year and gave it his family's name. An excerpt from a 1948 Cradle of Steel Homecoming program illustrates what happened next:

With the steel industry booming in the early part of the 1900s, immigrants from throughout Europe flooded into Struthers. A village in 1902 when it was officially incorporated, Struthers quickly became a city in 1920. The steel industry allowed the city to flourish until 1977 when several area plants closed their doors for good. The city padded the loss of thousands of jobs by using its industrial infrastructure to lure non-steel making jobs, but population losses have continued throughout the start of the new century.[1]

Geography

Struthers is located at 41°3′8″N 80°35′37″W / 41.05222°N 80.59361°W / 41.05222; -80.59361 (41.052255, -80.593591)[3].

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