The Kent State shootings, in which National Guardsmen shot and killed four students during a protest against the Vietnam War at Kent State University in 1970, took place in Ohio. The incident sparked widespread protests and led to the closure of hundreds of universities and colleges across the United States.
Jackson County, Ohio has a rich and vibrant history that dates back thousands of years. The region was initially inhabited by various Native American tribes, including the Shawnee and Wyandot nations who lived off the land and established settlements along the Ohio River. European settlement in the area can be traced back to the late 18th century when pioneers from eastern states began moving to the region in search of new opportunities and fertile land.

In 1816, Jackson County was officially established and named after President Andrew Jackson. The county quickly became known for its agricultural activities, with settlers cultivating crops such as corn, wheat, and tobacco. The Ohio and Erie Canal, completed in 1832, further contributed to the county's development by opening up transportation routes and facilitating trade and commerce.

The mid-19th century marked a period of rapid growth for Jackson County, driven by the discovery of rich coal and iron ore deposits. This led to the establishment of numerous coal mines and iron furnaces, which attracted both immigrant workers and industrial investors to the region. The county became a major supplier of coal and iron, fueling the growth of the local economy and establishing Jackson County as an industrial hub.

In the early 20th century, the county faced several challenges, including the decline of the coal and iron industries and the effects of the Great Depression. However, Jackson County remained resilient, adapting to changing circumstances and diversifying its economy. Today, the county's economy is primarily driven by manufacturing, agriculture, and tourism, with the serene and picturesque setting of the Appalachian foothills attracting visitors from near and far.

This timeline provides a concise overview of the key events in the history of Jackson County, Ohio.

  • 1795 - Jackson County is established in the Northwest Territory.
  • 1816 - The first permanent settlements are established in what is now Jackson County.
  • 1838 - Jackson County becomes part of the newly formed state of Ohio.
  • 1846 - The county seat is established in the town of Jackson.
  • 1876 - The first railroad is completed in Jackson County.
  • 1913 - The Great Dayton Flood affects parts of Jackson County.
  • 1954 - Jackson County Fairgrounds is established.
  • 1966 - The Buckeye Furnace Historical Site is opened as a museum.
  • 1997 - The Little Cities of Black Diamonds microregion is designated as a National Historic District.